Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata)


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

Paradisea sefilata

J. R. Forster

, 1781,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Hybridization with Paradigalla carunculata and Lophorina superba recorded. Monotypic.


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).