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Lesser Bird-of-paradise

Paradisaea minor


The Lesser Bird-of-paradise is medium-sized, up to 32 cm-long, maroon-brown with a yellow crown and brownish-yellow upper back. The male has a dark emerald-green throat, a pair of long tail-wires and is adorned with ornamental flank plumes which are deep yellow at their base and fade outwards into white. The female is a maroon bird with a dark-brown head and whitish underparts. Further study is required,[2] but it seems likely that birds of paradise also possess toxins in their skins, derived from their insect prey.


The Lesser Bird-of-paradise is distributed throughout forests of northern New Guinea, and the nearby islands of Misool and Yapen. Widespread and common throughout its large range, the Lesser Bird-of-paradise is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

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TracyL 9 years ago
Lesser Bird-of-paradise
Paradisaea minor Lesser Bird-of-paradise

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FransiskusEdbert 9 years ago

Thanks for ID correction, TracyL, S Frazier.
Thanks guys, glad you love this spotting, :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Hello. I have re-arranged your names so that they appear in the proper locations, moving the common name Cendrawasih (Indonesian for "Bird of Paradise) from the Scientific name to the top position, and removing the genus name (Paradisaea) from the common name and leaving it in its correct position below. You might want to consider the species suggestion and use those names which are more precise.

DrienieSwart 9 years ago

Beautiful love it

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

This spotting took my breath away! Truly beautiful!

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

gorgeous !

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Nice photo. A fantastic bird for sure! You are correct in stating that this bird occurs in Papua (formerly known as Irian Jaya), but it doesn't recognize borders and occurs on the eastern half of New Guinea too, in PNG (see ). While it is spectacular, it is as yet not considered "rare" given its very large range (IUCN status LC). But that doesn't mean doesn't face threats. The are routinely taken for customary adornment and also for the illegal wildlife trade.

TracyL 9 years ago

Great photo! Paradisaea consists of seven species of birds-of-paradise :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Incredible bird,,

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Lovely! Elegant!

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago

beautiful bird's

borzrach 10 years ago

Wow.. this is so beautiful! Was this in the wild? Amazing!

KatCuff 10 years ago


KarenL 10 years ago

Wow! What a beautiful bird!
Thanks for sharing & welcome to Project Noah Fransiskus!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago


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Sulawesi Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Dec 14, 2011
Submitted on Jan 1, 2012


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