Wild Birds

Huon Astrapias

Huon Astrapias (Astrapia rothschildi)

The Huon Astrapias or Rothschild’s Bird of Paradise (Astrapia rothschildi) is a little-known bird of paradise that is distributed and endemic to the mountain forests of Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea.

The scientific name commemorates the British ornithologist Lord Walter Rothschild.



This is a medium-sized, approximately 69cm long, bird of paradise.

The male has black plumage with a glossy blue crown, dark olive-green back, an iridescent purple-green elongated nape feathers, and a very long and broad purplish black tail.

The female is smaller than male, and has blackish-brown plumage with pale barring on its abdomen.


Diet / Feeding

Its diet consists mainly of fruits and seeds.



A common species in its limited habitat range, the Huon Astrapia is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.


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