King bird of paradise portrait

King bird of paradise

Male king birds of paradise hang upside down from branches as part of their courtship display. After courting and mating with one female a male moves on to the next. Unsuccessful males, those that don't impress the females with their displays, may never mate at all. Some females appear to be less fussy, as hybrids between the king bird of paradise and the magnificent bird of paradise have been known.

Scientific name: Cicinnurus regius

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the King bird of paradise taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

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

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1