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Splendid Astrapia

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-{{incomplete}}+[[Image:Splendid_Astrapia_-_Astrapia_splendidissima.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Female<br />Photo by {{user|mehdhalaouate|mehdhalaouate}} <br/>Baliem Valley, [[New Guinea]], August 2007]]
-[[Image:Splendid_Astrapia_-_Astrapia_splendidissima.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by mehdhalaouate <br/> Photo taken: Baliem Valley]]+'''Alternative name: Splendid Bird-of-paradise'''
;[[:Category:Astrapia|Astrapia]] splendidissima ;[[:Category:Astrapia|Astrapia]] splendidissima
==Identification== ==Identification==
-39cm. Black, 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.+Male 39cm, female 37cm. A medium-sized Astrapia with a long, graduated tail.
 +====Male====
 +* Iridescent metallic yellowish-green cronw, nape and mantle
 +* Metallic blue-green chin and throat with blue to purple sheen
 +* Velvety black back with magenta sheen
 +* Matt black rump and uppertail-coverts
 +* Dark greyish-brown upperwing
 +* Long, blackish-brown tail with variable extent of white on bases and shafts of inner four pairs of rectrices. Black broad spatulate tips at end
 +* Broad iridiscent coppery-red gorget extending narrower up breast side to side of face beneath eye
 +* Silky-like oily dark green rest of underparts
 +* Dark brown to blackish-brown eye
 +* Shiny black bill
 +====Female====
 +* Brownish-black head, nape and throat with bluish-green iridescent gloss
 +* Drab blackish-brown on upperparts and down to chest
 +* Below chest finely barred dusky brown and buff
 +Juveniles are similar to females but duller and less black above.
==Distribution== ==Distribution==
-[[New Guinea]].+Mountains of [[New Guinea]].<br />
 +Common and widespread in parts of its small range.
==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
 +Two subspecies recognized:
 +* ''A. s. splendidissima'' in Weyland Mountains and Charles Louis Range east to Lake Paniai in western [[New Guinea]]
 +* ''A. s. helios'' from east of Lake Paniai east to Hindenburg Mountains and at least to Victor Emanuel Range
 +Sometimes also treated as monotypic. Does possibly hybridize with [[Ribbon-tailed Astrapia]].
==Habitat== ==Habitat==
-Mountain forests.+Montane and subalpine forest, also at forest edge and in secondary growth. Occurs at 1750 - 3450m, mainly at 2100 - 2700m.
==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
-The diet includes fruit, insects, lizards and frogs.+Feeds mostly on fruits but takes also animals like insects, frogs and lizards.<br />
 +Usually seen foraging singly, sometimes in small groups of up to three birds.<br />
 +Breeding recoreded in March, August, October and November. Males have possibly a lek where they try to attract females. Only little information about social behaviour.<br />
 +Presumably a resident species.
 +==References==
 +#{{Ref-Clements6thDec09}}#{{Ref-HBWVol14}}
 +{{ref}}
==External Links== ==External Links==
{{GSearch|Astrapia+splendidissima}} {{GSearch|Astrapia+splendidissima}}
-*[http://www.aviceda.org/abid/birdimages.php?action=birdspecies&fid=69&bid=1198 View more images of this species on the ABID] 
[[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Astrapia]] [[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Astrapia]]

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FemalePhoto by mehdhalaouate Baliem Valley, New Guinea, August 2007
Female
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Baliem Valley, New Guinea, August 2007

Alternative name: Splendid Bird-of-paradise

Astrapia splendidissima

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[edit] Identification

Male 39cm, female 37cm. A medium-sized Astrapia with a long, graduated tail.

[edit] Male

  • Iridescent metallic yellowish-green cronw, nape and mantle
  • Metallic blue-green chin and throat with blue to purple sheen
  • Velvety black back with magenta sheen
  • Matt black rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Dark greyish-brown upperwing
  • Long, blackish-brown tail with variable extent of white on bases and shafts of inner four pairs of rectrices. Black broad spatulate tips at end
  • Broad iridiscent coppery-red gorget extending narrower up breast side to side of face beneath eye
  • Silky-like oily dark green rest of underparts
  • Dark brown to blackish-brown eye
  • Shiny black bill

[edit] Female

  • Brownish-black head, nape and throat with bluish-green iridescent gloss
  • Drab blackish-brown on upperparts and down to chest
  • Below chest finely barred dusky brown and buff

Juveniles are similar to females but duller and less black above.

[edit] Distribution

Mountains of New Guinea.
Common and widespread in parts of its small range.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies recognized:

  • A. s. splendidissima in Weyland Mountains and Charles Louis Range east to Lake Paniai in western New Guinea
  • A. s. helios from east of Lake Paniai east to Hindenburg Mountains and at least to Victor Emanuel Range

Sometimes also treated as monotypic. Does possibly hybridize with Ribbon-tailed Astrapia.

[edit] Habitat

Montane and subalpine forest, also at forest edge and in secondary growth. Occurs at 1750 - 3450m, mainly at 2100 - 2700m.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds mostly on fruits but takes also animals like insects, frogs and lizards.
Usually seen foraging singly, sometimes in small groups of up to three birds.
Breeding recoreded in March, August, October and November. Males have possibly a lek where they try to attract females. Only little information about social behaviour.
Presumably a resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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