Black-billed sicklebill

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Black-billed sicklebill
Illustration of male (above) and female (below)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Drepanornis
Species: D. albertisi
Binomial name
Drepanornis albertisi
(Sclater, 1873)

Epimachus albertisi

The black-billed sicklebill (Drepanornis albertiti), also known as buff-tailed sicklebill (leading to easy confusion with the hermit hummingbird Eutoxeres condamini), is a species of bird-of-paradise.

Conservation status[edit]

Widespread throughout its large range, the black-billed sicklebill is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.


The scientific name commemorates the Italian naturalist Luigi Maria d'Albertis, who discovered this species in 1872.


  • Drepanornis albertisi albertisi (Sclater, 1873)
  • Drepanornis albertisi cervinicauda Sclater, 1884
  • Drepanornis albertisi geisleri Meyer, 1893



Drepanornis albertisi cervinicauda, museum specimen

The black-billed sicklebill is medium-sized, about 35 cm long, brown. The male has a bare maroon grey skin around its eye, buff colored tail, dark brown iris, yellow mouth and black sickle-like bill. It is adorned with dark horn-like forecrown feathers, an erectile fan-like bronze neck plumes and elongated purple-tipped flank plumes. Unadorned brown female is smaller with bill longer than male and dark barred below.


Its diet consists mainly of fruit and arthropods. The female lays one to two pale cream eggs with brown and grey spots.


The black-billed sicklebill is distributed to mountain forests of New Guinea. It is not endangered


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