Meet The ‘Black Beauty’- The Paradise Riflebird That Has A Metallic and Iridescent Tone

The Paradise Riflebird

Let me introduce you to this ‘Black Beauty’ of the Paradisaeidae family which is also known as Victoria’s Riflebird. The Paradise Riflebird is named after the Victoria queen of the UK and its scientific name is Ptiloris Paradisea.

You can easily differentiate between the male and female Paradise Rifle because they are extremely distinct- male birds are black with iridescent blue-green patches, while female birds are gray-brown and white in color.

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The most exciting fact about the Paradise Rifle Bird is that they are prominently known for their courtship display. Males perform a dance for the females, which involves moving rapidly from side to side. Their head is tilted back while performing and showing off the neck plumage.

The Paradise Rifle Birds feed on fruits, roots, nuts, seeds, and insects. You can spot them in the rainforests in the foothills of Queensland and New South Wales and elevation-wise above 500 meters, except in winters. 

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Paradise rifle birds tend to spend much time seated and inactive, but they migrate locally from wet rainforest to nearby woody forests. However, they are solitary but occasionally forage in groups of 6-7 birds. 

Let’s learn more about this Black Beauty!

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Know more about the dimorphic Paradise Riflebird.

The Paradise Riflebird male and female

Only a few similarities can be noticed in the male and female rifle birds- The male bird is black with an iridescent tone of green and blue and metallic green colored on the lower breast and flank.

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While the adult females have a gray-brown color with a rufous effect on some of the wing feathers. They have white throats and lighter brown bellies and are larger as compared to the males.

Check out the Juvenile Paradise Riflebird.

Whether it is a male or female young one, both look the same as the adult female paradise rifle bird with gray-brown feathers.

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The Paradise Riflebird juvenile

They have a low-guttural sound. 

It has a growling voice, but the male rifle bird is known for its robust “yassss” call which is often repeated.

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Solitary but Creative when it comes to building nest.

They are typically inactive but when it comes to building the nest, they design it in a bowl shape with leaves, twigs, and orchids. 

The Paradise Riflebird

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The Female Paradise Rifle Bird raises its offspring on its own.

You have never seen such an elegant performance.

The Paradise Riflebird courtship display

August to February are their breeding months and spring to the summer season in Australia.

As per the studies, this species is highly affected by hunting for its metallic plumage. However, it has a low population density but is listed as a species of Least Concern. Hope you enjoyed learning about this bird. Comment your thoughts below.

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