Pale-billed sicklebill

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Pale-billed sicklebill
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Drepanornis
Species: D. bruijnii
Binomial name
Drepanornis bruijnii
Oustalet, 1880

Epimachus bruijnii

The pale-billed sicklebill (Drepanornis bruijnii) is a species of bird-of-paradise.

The pale-billed sicklebill is distributed to lowland rainforests of northern and northwestern New Guinea. Its diet consists mainly of fruits and arthropods.

The name commemorates the Dutch plume merchant Antonie Augustus Bruijn.

Due to deforestation and habitat lost on this limited range species, the pale-billed sicklebill is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.


The pale-billed sicklebiill is medium-sized, about 35 cm long, olive brown. The male has a bare purple grey skin around its eye, brown iris, pale sickle-like bill, an iridescent red and purple-tipped upper breast plumes, blue and green-tipped ornamental lower breast feathers and purple small horn-like brow feathers. The unadorned female is smaller and paler than the male.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Epimachus bruijnii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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