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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Lycocorax
Bonaparte, 1853
Species: L. pyrrhopterus
Binomial name
Lycocorax pyrrhopterus
(Bonaparte, 1850)

The paradise-crow (Lycocorax pyrrhopterus) also known as the silky crow, is a medium-sized crow-like bird-of-paradise.

One of the few monogamous birds-of-paradise, the paradise-crow is endemic to lowland forests of North Maluku in Indonesia. The diet consists mainly of fruits and arthropods.

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


The paradise-crow is approximately 34 cm long with all-dark, soft and silky plumage. It has a black bill, crimson eyes, and a call reminiscent of a dog's bark. Both sexes are similar; the female is slightly smaller than the male. The nominate subspecies has the least or no white patch on the inner flight feathers.

The breeding season is approximately December to June.


The diet of the paradise crow is mainly fruit, with some supplement from arthropods both of which are foraged mainly from dense canopy and middle foliage.



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

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