Maria's bird of paradise

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Maria's bird of paradise
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Paradisea
Species: P. guilielmi

x P. raggiana augustaevictoriae
Synonyms

Maria's bird of paradise, also known as Frau Reichenow's bird of paradise or Mrs Reichenow's bird of paradise, is a bird in the family Paradisaeidae that is a presumptive hybrid between an emperor bird of paradise and raggiana bird of paradise. It was named for the wife of the describer, German ornithologist Anton Reichenow.

Description[edit]

Its measurements are largely intermediate between those of the parent taxa.[1]

History[edit]

It was named as a supposed new species in 1894 before being largely accepted as a hybrid in the early 20th century. At least six adult male and one female specimens are known, from Sattelberg and the Finisterre Range of the Huon Peninsula in north-eastern New Guinea. The specimens are held by the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Berlin Natural History Museum.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frith & Beehler (1998), p.504.

References[edit]

  • Frith, Clifford B.; & Beehler, Bruce M. (1998). The Birds of Paradise. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-854853-9.