Male magnificent bird of paradise perched with fruit

Magnificent bird of paradise

Magnificent birds of paradise are surprisingly common in the forested mountains and villages of New Guinea and its surrounding islands. The male of this species is a colourful mix of yellow, green and blue with two long ornamental tail feathers. The female, however, is really rather dull. To show off their magnificent plumage the males perform elaborate courtship displays, beginning with a good cleanup of the area. After a brief mating, both sexes go their separate ways, hoping to find other opportunities elsewhere

Scientific name: Cicinnurus magnificus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Magnificent 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