Paradise Riflebird (species: Ptiloris paradiseus) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Ptiloris paradiseus
Paradise Riflebird

©Hectonichus on Wikipedia: Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus)

©Richard Bowdler Sharpe: Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) dark male above female and juvenile
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Paradisaeidae
Genus Ptiloris
Species Ptiloris paradiseus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The male is black with an iridescent greenish blue crown, throat and central tail feathers. It has a black curved bill, black feet, dark brown iris and yellow mouth. The female is an olive brown bird with barred blackish below. (Wikipedia)


  • From 25 cm to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Interesting facts

  • In displays, the male extends his wings and fans them upward with its head behind the wings to expose his metallic green throat feathers. He then moves his head from side to side with open bill to show off his bright yellow mouth. (Wikipedia)


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus)

Distribution and habitat preferences

Endemic to eastern Australia, the Paradise Riflebird is distributed to rainforests of New South Wales and central Queensland. (Wikipedia)

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