English : Red bird-of-paradise
French : Paradisier rouge
Class : Aves
Order : Passeriformes
Family : Paradisaeidae
Notes : No subspecies known
Adults reach a body length of 33 cm for a weight of 224 g. Male with long black twisted tail streamers, red flank plumes. Plumage brown with bright yellow upper breast, bend of wing and head. Iridescent green head. Female much duller.
Range and habitat
The species is endemic to West Papuan islands of Batanta, Waigeo, Gemien, Saonek and Gam, off north-west New Guinea. Lives in lowland and hill rainforests, from sea level to 600 meters.
IUCN RED LIST : NEAR THREATENED
CITES : Appendix II
Status : The species remains common in suitable habitat but has greatly declined elsewhere because of loss of habitat (logging), hunting and poaching.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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