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Ptiloris victoriae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Ptiloris
Swainson, 1825

The genus Ptiloris consists of four species of birds in the Paradisaeidae family. These birds of paradise are commonly known as riflebirds, so named for the likeness of their black and green plumages to the uniform of early nineteenth century British army riflemen.

They are distributed in the rainforests of New Guinea and East Australia. Members of this genus are sexually dimorphic. The males perform solitary displays.


External links[edit]

  • Media related to Ptiloris at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Ptiloris at Wikispecies