Glossy-mantled Manucode

Birds of Paradise

Glossy mantled Manucode

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Common name

Glossy-mantled Manucode

Scientific name

Manucodia ater

Etymology

Manucodia (old Javanese (Malay) Manuk dewata = birds of the gods); ater (Latin, black)

Description

Sexually monomorphic. Adult males, 38–42 cm; adult females, 33–37 cm. Plumage highly-glossed purple with blue and green highlights and some tightly curled or crinkled feathers, particularly on nape,throat and upper breast.

Diet

Mostly fruits, in particular figs, and also some flowers, insects and worms.

Habitat

Lowland forest, swamp forest, forest edge, riverine and monsoon forests, mangroves, gardens and woodlands; sea level to low hills, less commonly to 1100 m.

Courtship

Display season undefined; one display recorded in January. Male displays on tree branches, spreading and shaking wings and erecting body plumage.

Breeding

Monogamous. Both sexes incubate, and attend to the nest and nestling. Breeding mostly August-March. Nests are deep pockets in slender vine tendrils. Incubation 14–18 days; nestling period more than 19 days. No hybridisation known.

Status and conservation

Not threatened; common but inconspicuous throughout range.

Distribution

New Guinea: patchily throughout lowlands and on Aru, Samarai, Sariba, Mailu, Yule and Tagula Islands.
 


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