Splendid astrapia

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Splendid astrapia
Astrapia splendidissima 1895.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Astrapia
Species: A. splendidissima
Binomial name
Astrapia splendidissima
Rothschild, 1895

The splendid astrapia (Astrapia splendidissima) is a medium-sized, approximately 39 cm long, black bird-of-paradise with an iridescent yellow-green mantle, blue-green throat, dark green below and short, broad and black-tipped white tail feathers. The female has a brown plumage and dark head.

This poorly known species is distributed to the mountain forests in western part of the central highlands of New Guinea. Its diet consists mainly of fruit, insects, lizards and frogs.

Widespread and common species throughout its range, the splendid astrapia is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1] It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.


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