Magnificent Bird of Paradise

The Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Cicinnurus magnificus, is distributed amongst the hill and mid-mountain forests of New Guinea and surrounding islands.

A widespread species throughout its large range, it is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed in Appendix II of CITES.

Closeup Image of Magnificent Bird of Paradise
Closeup Image of Magnificent Bird of Paradise


This is a small, up to 26cm-long, bird of paradise with extremely complex plumage.

The male has seemingly incandescent yellow wings, an iridescent-green breast shield, blue feet, and is adorned with a yellow mantle on its neck. It has two long, curved, blue-green sickle-like tail feathers.

The female is a comparatively drab olive-brown bird with black-barred buffy underparts.

Diet / Feeding

Its diet consists mainly of fruits.


Like most members of the Paradisaeidae family, the male is polygamous and performs an

The female lays two creamy yellow eggs. elaborate courtship display.

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