Wilhelmina's bird of paradise

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Wilhelmina's bird of paradise
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Species: Lophorina superba

x Cicinnurus magnificus
Synonyms
  • Lamprothorax wilhelminae Meyer, 1894

Wilhelmina's bird of paradise, also known as Wilhelmina's riflebird, is a bird in the family Paradisaeidae that is presumed to be an intergeneric hybrid between a superb bird of paradise and magnificent bird of paradise.

History[edit]

Three adult male specimens are known of this hybrid, held in the American Museum of Natural History, Royal Natural History Museum of the Netherlands, and the Dresden Natural History Museum. Two of the specimens come from the Arfak Mountains of north-western New Guinea, while the other is of unknown provenance. The bird was named as a species by Adolf Bernard Meyer in 1894 after Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Frith & Beehler (1998), pp.513-514.

References[edit]

  • Frith, Clifford B. & Beehler, Bruce M. (1998). The Birds of Paradise. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-854853-9.