Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata)


Taxonomy

French: Paradisier sifilet German: Strahlenparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Pennant
Taxonomy:

Paradisea sefilata

J. R. Forster

, 1781,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea

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Hybridization with Paradigalla carunculata and Lophorina superba recorded. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts) and Wandammen Peninsula (Wondiwoi Mts), in NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 33 cm, 175–205 g; female 30 cm, 140–185 g. Large parotia with medium-length tail. Male is entirely velvety jet-black, head adorned with erectile triangular... read more

Voice

Harsh "gned gned" or "gnaad gnaad", and other notes like those of a cockatoo (... read more

Habitat

Middle montane forests and adjacent well-established secondary forest with abundant small saplings... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and arthropods; relative preference for each not known. Probes for arthropods in bark and epiphytes on underside of branches. Joins... read more

Breeding

Few data. Male gonadal activity indicates breeding about Jul–Jan; display season early Aug to late Oct. Polygynous, with presumed... read more

Movements

No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in West Papuan Highlands EBA. CITES II. Few recent data. Common in S Arfak Mts (at Ditschi and Siwi), and even more... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2018). Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60643 on 16 December 2018).