Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi)


French: Paradisier de Wahnes German: Wahnesparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Wahnes

Parotia wahnesi


, 1906,

Rawlinson Mountains, New Guinea




Adelbert Range and Huon Peninsula (Finisterre Range, Saruwaged Range, Cromwell Mts, Rawlinson Mts), in NE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 43 cm, 170–172 g; female 36 cm, 144–154 g. Large parotia with long, wedge-shaped tail often cocked slightly upward or to the side. Male is entirely velvety... read more


Male calls at court include harsh raspy "yeah-yeah" or "yack-yack", or a "... read more


Middle montane forests; 1300–1600 m in Adelbert Range and 1100–1700 m in Huon Peninsula... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Fruits and insects recorded as eaten, but relative preferences not known; leaf-eating recorded in captivity. Forages actively... read more


Season at least Nov–Feb, but data few; display period centred on dry season, waning court attendance noted in Jan. Polygynous,... read more


Presumed resident

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted range species: present in Adelbert and Huon Ranges EBA. CITES II. Very poorly known. Uncommon to... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C., Frith, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).