French: Cnémophile soyeux German: Gelbbrust-Samtvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso sedosa
Other common names: Yellow-breasted Bird-of-paradise
western New Guinea.
Races poorly defined; further study required. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. s. sericea
Rothschild, 1896 – mountains of New Guinea from Weyland Mts E, discontinuously, to at least Victor Emanuel Mts, Kubor Range, Mt Karimui and Soliabeda.
L. s. aurora
Mayr, 1930 – Herzog Range (E of Watut/Tauri Gap) and upper Jimi R, in SE New Guinea.
17 cm; male 50–75 g, female 60–77 g. Basal upper ridge of culmen broadly flattened, gape wide, tail slightly graduated. Male nominate race has bulbous narial... read more
Unconfirmed if male has advertisement vocalization. Calls include series of loud, harsh, grating... read more
Interior of middle montane forest; 600–2000 m, mainly above 1200 m.
Food and feeding
Little known. Possibly almost exclusively fruits, simple drupes and berries plucked and swallowed whole; one individual had arthropods in... read more
Males with moderately enlarged gonads in Jun and Aug and greatly enlarged ones May and Oct. Presumed polygynous, with solitary promiscuous... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. CITES II. Poorly known. Locally common, but... read more
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