Wild Birds

Birds of Paradise found in New Guinea

Birds of Paradise / Parotias / Sicklebills / Astrapias / Manucode / Riflebirds / Paradigalla

New Guinea Map / Location

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Listing of birds native to, or found in, New Guinea:

Barnes’ Astrapia (hybrid bird of paradise) – Range: Montane forest of Papua New Guinea, on a small part of the Hagen Range and Mount Giluwe, usually at 2,400 – 2,600 m asl (Above mean sea level).

Huon Astrapia or Rothschild’s Bird of Paradise (Astrapia rothschildi) – Range: Mountain forests of Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea

Ribbon-tailed Astrapia also known as Shaw Mayer’s Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri) – Endemic to subalpine forests in western part of the central highlands of Papua New Guinea

Splendid Astrapia (Astrapia splendidissima) – Range: Mountain forests in western part of the central highlands of New Guinea

Stephanie’s Astrapia (Astrapia stephaniae) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Birds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) – Range: Endemic to Papua New Guinea. It is distributed to mountain forests of southeastern New Guinea

Emperor Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea guilielmi) – Range: Endemic to Papua New Guinea. It is distributed in hill forests of the Huon Peninsula.

Goldie’s Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) – Range: Papua New Guinea

Sharpe’s Lobe-billed Parotia or Sharpe’s Lobe-billed Riflebird (Paradisaeidae / Birds of Paradise – hybrid between a Long-tailed Paradigalla and Western Parotia)

Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) – Range: Forests of northern New Guinea, and the nearby islands of Misool and Yapen

Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) – Range: Lowland and hill forests of southwest New Guinea

King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) – Range: Distributed throughout lowland forests of New Guinea and nearby islands

Schodde’s Bird of Paradise (bird of paradise hybrid) – Only one specimen found in Trepikama in the Baiyer Valley of Papua New Guinea

King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) – Range: The cloud forests of New Guinea

Macgregor’s Bird of Paradise (Macgregoria pulchra) aka Macgregor’s Giant Honeyeater and Ochre-winged Honeyeater – Range: Subalpine forests of New Guinea

Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) – Range: Hill and mid-mountain forests of New Guinea and surrounding islands

Raggiana Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) – Range: Southern and north eastern New Guinea, where its name is kumul or cenderawasih

Rothschild’s Bird of Paradise (Hybrid) – Range: New Guinea (only ~4 specimens are known)

Rothschild’s Lobe-billed Bird of ParadiseRange: Papua New Guinea (only known from the holotype)

Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) – Range: Rainforests of New Guinea

Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) – Range: Rainforests of New Guinea

Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca)

Berlepsch’s Parotia or Berlepsch’s Six-wired Bird of Paradise (Parotia berlepschi) – Range: Foja Mountains of Papua

Carola’s Parotia (Parotia carolae) – Range: Inhabits to mid-mountain forests of central New Guinea.

Eastern Parotia (Parotia helenae) – Range: Mountain forests of southeast Papua New Guinea

Lawes’s Parotia (Parotia lawesii) – Range: Mountain forests of southeast and eastern Papua New Guinea.

Wahnes’s Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) – Range: Mountain forests of Huon Peninsula and Adelbert Mountains, northeast Papua New Guinea

Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata) – Range: Found only in the mountain forests of Vogelkop and Wandammen Peninsula of Western New Guinea

Black-billed Sicklebill (Epimachus albertisi) – Range: Mountain forests of New Guinea

Black Sicklebills (Epimachus fastuosus) – Range: Midmountain forests of New Guinea

Brown Sicklebill (Epimachus meyeri) – Range: Mountain forests of New Guinea

Pale-billed Sicklebill (Epimachus bruijnii) – Range: Lowland rainforests of northwestern New Guinea

Curl-crested Manucode (Manucodia comrii) – Endemic to Papua New Guinea

Crinkle-collared Manucodes (Manucodia chalybatus) – Range: Lowlands and hill forests in mainland New Guinea and Misool Island of West Papua.

Glossy-mantled Manucodes (Manucodia ater) – Range: Widely distributed throughout the lowlands of New Guinea and nearby islands

Jobi Manucode (Manucodia jobiensis) – Range: Lowland forests of northern New Guinea

Trumpet Manucodes (Bird of Paradise) – Range: New Guinea and nearby islands.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Eastern Riflebirds (Ptiloris intercedens) – Endemic to the lowlands of easternmost Papua New Guinea

Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) – Range: Lowland rainforests of New Guinea

Short-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla brevicauda) – Range: The mountain forests of New Guinea

Not technically part of the “Birds of Paradise” family, but formerly placed in this group and has many physical similarities

Antenna Satinbird or Crested Cnemophilus (Cnemophilus macgregorii)

Silken Satinbird or Yellow-breasted Bird-of-paradise (Loboparadisea sericea) – Range: Papua New Guinea


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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