Male blue bird of paradise performing practice courtship

Blue bird of paradise

Blue birds of paradise are one of the most beautiful of the bird of paradise species. Their bright blue feathers are a welcome addition to the green foliage of the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea. The males are adorned with two long and delicate streaming tail feathers. To impress the females, they show off by hanging upside down from a branch and fanning out their wings - it is a spectacular display.

Scientific name: Paradisaea rudolphi

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Blue bird of paradise taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.


The following habitats are found across the Blue bird of paradise distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1