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Huon Astrapia
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Male
Information
Range Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Paradisaeidae
Genus Astrapia
Species Astrapia rothschildi
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Huon astrapia (Astrapia rothschildi), is a species of bird-of-paradise.

This little known bird-of-paradise is distributed and endemic to the mountain forests of Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. Its diet consists mainly of fruits and seeds.

The scientific name commemorates the British ornithologist Walter Rothschild.

A common species in its limited habitat range, the Huon astrapia is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

Description

The Huon astrapia is medium-sized, approximately 69 cm long. The male has black plumage with a glossy blue crown, dark olive-green back, an iridescent purple-green elongated nape feathers, and a very long and broad purplish black tail. The female is smaller than male, and has blackish-brown plumage with pale barring on its abdomen.

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