Long-tailed Paradigalla

Birds of Paradise

Long-tailed Paradigalla

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Common name

Long-tailed Paradigalla

Scientific name

Paradigalla carunculata

Etymology

Paradigalla (combination of Paradisaea + Gallus (Latin, jungle fowl); carunculata (Latin, small piece of flesh = facial wattle).

Description

Sexually monomorphic. Adult males, 37; females, 35 cm. Both sexes black with bright yellow to greenish yellow wattle on face above bill and sky blue and red wattle on base of lower bill. Tail longer than in Short-tailed Paradigalla.

Diet

Fruits.

Habitat

Mid montane forests; 1400-2100 m.

Courtship

Unknown, but presumably polygynous like Short-tailed Paradigalla. Males solitary.

Breeding

Display and breeding seasons unknown. Females thought to build and attend nests alone. Known to hybridise with Western Parotia, Superb Bird of Paradise and Black Sicklebill.

Status and conservation

Near-threatened; restricted range and poorly known.

Distribution

Indonesia: West Papua: Arfak Mountains, possibly Fakfak Mountains and Onin Peninsula.
 


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