Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Wilson's Bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus respublica)


French: Paradisier républicain German: Nacktkopf-Paradiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso republicana

Lophorina respublica


, 1850,

Waigeo, off north-west New Guinea


See C. magnificus. Monotypic.


West Papuan Is (Waigeo and Batanta), off NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 16 cm (21 cm inclusive of central rectrices), 53–67 g; female 16 cm, 52–60 g. Male has tuft of velvety black feathering about bill base, and largely unfea... read more


Advertisement vocalizations of male include repeated clear powerful, whistled "cheew",... read more


Primarily hill forest, more rarely also lowland rainforest and middle montane forest; ranges from... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and arthropods; possibly joins mixed-species foraging flocks. No other information.


Males with enlarged gonads in May–Jun and Oct, and females with moderately enlarged oocytes in Jun; display season undefined.... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in West Papuan Lowlands EBA. CITES II. Very poorly known. Population probably... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Wilson's Bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus respublica). 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).