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Victorias Riflebird

Ptiloris victoriae


Immature male displaying Victoria’s Riflebird is one of 12 bird species endemic to the Wet Tropics region. It is one of four birds-of-paradise Indigenous to Australia. This bird of paradise is endemic to the Atherton Region where it can be seen throughout the year. It is named after the British Queen Victoria. Victoria’s Riflebird is known as duwuduwu to the local Aboriginal people. It is a medium sized bird, 23-25cm. The male is a velvet jet black with a green head, throat and tail that sparkle in the sun’s rays. The female is a red-brown.


In its breeding season from September to February. During this time males display from conspicuous vantage points, where they mate with any receptive females attracted there. Males attract females by their fascinating display of throwing up their rounded wings either side of their upstretched head and neck, swaying from side to side and bobbing up and down. While they do this, they flick their head from the edge of one wing to the edge of the other. They also make a loud single and explosive ‘yah’ call. When they open their bill, their brilliant yellow mouth interior can be seen. The male also has the ability to hang upside down with his tail fanned and wings spread. If the female is attracted, she moves toward him in a hopping motion. As she gets closer (when he is upright) he encircles her in his wings, which he uses to tap her softly. Once the male and female have mated, they no longer remain together. The female raises their young (usually two) alone. Her nest is often decorated with snake skins (eg. python). Male riflebirds appear to keep to a territory, but females tend to wander. They have a swift and direct flight. They feed in a predominantly woodpecker fashion as they tear tree bark and rotting wood with their long curved bill, strong legs and claws. They search for insects, insect larvae and fruit.

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Duwuduwu or Victorias Riflebird
Ptiloris victoriae Victoria's Riflebird

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43 Comments (1–25)

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Tristan

Tristan Pragnell
Tristan Pragnell 8 years ago

Nice one!

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Thanks armadeus.4

armadeus.4 9 years ago

Awesome shots Mac! I very much hope to see one of these birds someday. Thank you for all of the information and thank you for sharing :)

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks KD, haven't come across the paradise riflebird as yet, it is on my list to find though.

kdpicturemaker 10 years ago

How could have missed this one MacC! Beautiful. Have you come across the Paradise Riflebird in your travels? Not heard or seen anymore in the New England Tablelands.

Steve A
Steve A 10 years ago

Lovely image Sanjay. Well done!

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Gary & gatorfellows

gatorfellows 10 years ago

nice find :)

Gary Leong
Gary Leong 10 years ago

Awesome photo :D

Feel free to add into the mission: Birds of Australia

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Mona & Stefania

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Superb...!! Like conductor an orchestra :)

MacChristiansen 11 years ago

Thanks Braulio

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

I love the Birds of Paradise!
Did you know that there is a documentary called Birds-of-Paradise Project?
It´s awesome!
And U should put it on the mission: Birds of the World!

MaithiliSave 11 years ago


MaryEvans2 12 years ago

Stunning photos, and great information. Nice spotting!

AmyRobertson 12 years ago

Great Photo! Congratulations

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 12 years ago


Atul 12 years ago


KarenL 12 years ago

Well done!

Maria dB
Maria dB 12 years ago

Congratulations, Mac!

achmmad 12 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 12 years ago


DonnaPomeroy 12 years ago


EmilieBalcar 12 years ago

Beautiful picture, well done.Congratulations.

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Mount Carbine, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 25, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012

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