Short-tailed paradigalla

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Short-tailed paradigalla
Paradigalla brevicauda in tree.jpg
In Papua New Guinea
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Paradigalla
P. brevicauda
Binomial name
Paradigalla brevicauda

The short-tailed paradigalla (Paradigalla brevicauda) is a species of bird-of-paradise.

Formerly presumed to have been monogamous, it is now considered to breed polygynously.[2] It inhabits the New Guinea Highlands forests. The diet consists mainly of fruits, seeds and insects.

The short-tailed paradigalla is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1] It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.


Illustration of a male

The short-tailed paradigalla is medium-sized, approximately 23 cm long, stocky black plumaged with slender black bill and bright yellow and blue wattles in front of each eye. The sexes are almost similar in appearance: the female is smaller than the male with a duller plumage and smaller wattles. The short-tailed paradigalla is distinguished from its nearest relative, the long-tailed paradigalla, by its smaller size, shorter tail feathers and lack of red on the wattles.


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Paradigalla brevicauda". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Grzimek, Bernhard Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. ISBN 0-7876-5362-4 Text accessed at

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