Paradise riflebird

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Paradise riflebird
Ptiloris paradiseus by Bowdler Sharpe.jpg
Ptiloris paradiseus. Illustration from IOC World Bird List
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Ptiloris
Species: P. paradiseus
Binomial name
Ptiloris paradiseus
Swainson, 1825

The paradise riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) is a species of passerine bird of the Paradisaeidae (bird-of-paradise) family.


The paradise riflebird is medium-sized, up to 30 cm long. The male is black with an iridescent greenish blue crown, throat and central tail feathers. It has a black curved bill, black feet, dark brown iris and yellow mouth. The female is an olive brown bird with barred blackish below with a long white brow above her eye.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species is Endemic to eastern Australia, where it occurs in the rainforests of New South Wales and central Queensland.[3]


The diet consists mainly of insects and fruits. In displays, the male extends his wings and fans them upward with its head behind the wings to expose his metallic green throat feathers. He then moves his head from side to side with open bill to show off his bright yellow mouth.[citation needed]



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Ptiloris paradiseus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Morcombe, Michael (2004). Field guide to Australian birds. Steve Parish Publishing.
  3. ^ "Paradise Riflebird Ptiloris paradiseus". BirdLife Species Factsheet. BirdLife International.