A male superb bird of paradise in the rainforest canopy

Superb bird of paradise

Male superb birds of paradise carry a two-pronged, iridescent blue shield on their breasts. They have small territories which they defend from other males. Within this territory they might have one or two preferred spots, such as a particular tree branch, from where they call and display to visiting females.

Scientific name: Lophorina superba

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Superb bird of paradise taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.


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

Rainforest Rainforest
Rainforests are the world's powerhouses, the most vital habitats on the planet. Characterised by high rainfall, they only cover 6% of the Earth across the tropical regions, but they contain more than half of its plant and animal species.


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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


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Perching birds
  6. Birds of paradise
  7. Lophorina
  8. Superb bird of paradise

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