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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Birds of Paradise

Scientific system: Clements 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)

Phonygammus

     keraudrenii - Trumpet Manucode (5)

Manucodia

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

Pteridophora

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

Parotia

     carolae - Carola's Parotia (4)
     berlepschi - Bronze Parotia (1)
     sefilata - Western Parotia (4)
     wahnesi - Wahnes's Parotia (4)
     lawesii - Lawes's Parotia (4)

Seleucidis

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

Drepanornis

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

Semioptera

     wallacii - Standardwing (5)

Lophorina

     niedda - Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise (1)
     superba - Superb Bird-of-paradise (9)
     minor - Lesser Superb Bird-of-Paradise (4)

Ptiloris

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

Epimachus

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

Paradigalla

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

Astrapia

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

Cicinnurus

     regius - King Bird-of-paradise (5)
     respublica - Wilson's Bird-of-paradise (7)
     magnificus - Magnificent Bird-of-paradise (9)

Paradisaea

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

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