Huon astrapia

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Huon Astrapia
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Male
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Astrapia
Species: A. rothschildi
Binomial name
Astrapia rothschildi
Förster, 1906

The Huon Astrapia (Astrapia rothschildi) is a species of bird of paradise.

This little known bird of paradise is distributed and endemic to the mountain forests of Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. Its diet consists mainly of fruits and seeds.

The scientific name commemorates the British ornithologist Walter Rothschild.

A common species in its limited habitat range, the Huon Astrapia is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1] It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

Description[edit]

The Huon Astrapia is medium-sized, approximately 69 cm long. 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.

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