Sanford's bowerbird

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Sanford's bowerbird
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus: Archboldia
Species: A. sanfordi
Binomial name
Archboldia papuensis
Trinomial name
Archboldia papuensis sanfordi
Mayr & Gilliard, 1950

The Sanford's bowerbird (Archboldia sanfordi) is a subspecies of the Archbold's bowerbird.[1] The Sanford's bowerbird is a black bowerbird with a reddish-brown iris, grey feet and black bill. The male has a golden crest extending from forehead, blackish wing and long tail. Both sexes are alike. The female is smaller with blue-grey feet and without crown feathering.

A polygamous species, the Sanford's bowerbird inhabits to eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea. The diet consists mainly of fruits. This bowerbird was discovered by Ernest Thomas Gilliard in 1950 at Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea. It is named after Dr Leonard Cutler Sanford, a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History.


  1. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Lyrebirds, scrubbirds, bowerbirds & Australasian wrens". World Bird List Version 6.4. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 23 October 2016.