Goldie’s Bird of Paradise

The Goldie’s Bird of Paradise, Paradisaea decora, is a large, approximately 33cm long, olive-brown bird of paradise.

The name commemorates the Scottish collector Andrew Goldie, who discovered the bird in 1882.


The male has a yellow and dark green plumage with a lavender grey breast, yellow iris, and grey-colored bill, mouth, and feet. It is adorned with large crimson ornamental flank plumes and two long tail wires.

The male is distinguished from other Paradisaea species by its lavender-grey breast plumage. The unadorned female has an olive-brown plumage with cinnamon-brown below.

Distribution / Range

The Emperor Bird of Paradise is endemic to Papua New Guinea, The Goldie’s Bird of Paradise is distributed in the hill forests of Fergusson and Normanby Island of the D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago, eastern Papuan Islands.

Diet / Feeding

The diet consists mainly of fruits.


Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range, and overhunting in some areas, the Goldie’s Bird of Paradise is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed in Appendix II of CITES.

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