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
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Magnificent 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
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1