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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Birds of Paradise

Scientific system: Howard et al.

Familia: Paradisaeidae

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The family of Birds-of-Paradise is endemic to New Guinea, northeast Australia, the neighboring islands, and the Moluccas. Their length ranges from 14 cm to 44 cm, including the elongated tail feathers, they reach 110 cm. They have short round wings and strong legs and feet. The plumage is glossy black in some species, in some splendidly colored with striking decorative feathers. The habitat are tropical forests. Birds-of-Paradise are tree dwellers, but only moderate fliers. They feed mainly on fruits, but there are also some species that are pronounced insectivores. Birds-of-Paradise are able to manipulate fruit with one foot. Often they prefer a small selection of plants in their diet. Most species are polygynous and courtship is often spectacular and often takes place in groups. The cup-shaped nests are built almost exclusively by females. The eggs and the offspring are also largely incubated and reared by females.

Lycocorax

     pyrrhopterus - Paradise-crow (4)

Manucodia

     ater - Glossy-mantled Manucode (2)
     jobiensis - Jobi Manucode
     chalybatus - Crinkle-collared Manucode (2)
     comrii - Curl-crested Manucode (3)

Phonygammus

     keraudrenii - Trumpet Manucode (5)

Paradigalla

     carunculata - Long-tailed Paradigalla (4)
     brevicauda - Short-tailed Paradigalla (3)

Astrapia

     nigra - Arfak Astrapia (4)
     splendidissima - Splendid Astrapia (5)
     mayeri - Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (4)
     stephaniae - Princess Stephanie's Astrapia (3)
     rothschildi - Huon Astrapia (3)

Parotia

     sefilata - Western Parotia (4)
     carolae - Carola's Parotia (5)
     lawesii - Lawes's Parotia (4)
     helenae - Eastern Parotia
     wahnesi - Wahnes's Parotia (4)

Pteridophora

     alberti - King of Saxony Bird-of-Paradise (4)

Lophorina

     superba - Superb Bird-of-paradise (14)

Ptiloris

     paradiseus - Paradise Riflebird (5)
     victoriae - Victoria's Riflebird (5)
     magnificus - Magnificent Riflebird (7)
     intercedens - Growling Riflebird (1)

Epimachus

     fastuosus - Black Sicklebill (4)
     meyeri - Brown Sicklebill (7)

Drepanornis

     albertisi - Black-billed Sicklebill (9)
     bruijnii - Pale-billed Sicklebill (2)

Diphyllodes

     magnificus - Magnificent Bird-of-paradise (8)
     respublica - Wilson's Bird-of-paradise (7)

Cicinnurus

     regius - King Bird-of-paradise (5)

Semioptera

     wallacii - Standardwing (5)

Seleucidis

     melanoleucus - Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise (8)

Paradisaea

     apoda - Greater Bird-of-paradise (5)
     raggiana - Raggiana Bird-of-paradise (7)
     minor - Lesser Bird-of-paradise (10)
     decora - Goldie's Bird-of-paradise (4)
     rubra - Red Bird-of-paradise (4)
     guilielmi - Emperor Bird-of-paradise (4)
     rudolphi - Blue Bird-of-paradise (5)

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