Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Brown Sicklebill (Epimachus meyeri) - HBW 14, p. 479

French: Paradisier de Meyer German: Schmalschwanz-Paradieshopf Spanish: Ave-del-paraíso de Meyer
Other common names: Meyer's Sicklebill, Brown/Meyer's Sickle-billed Bird-of-paradise, Grey Saber-tailed Bird-of-paradise

Taxonomy: Epimachus Meyeri Finsch and A. B. Meyer, 1885, Hufeisengebirge [Horseshoe Mountains = Mount Maguli], south-eastern New Guinea.
Intergeneric hybridization unrecorded in wild, but species crossed with Astrapia mayeri in captivity. Proposed race megarhynchus (described from Gebroeders Mts, in Weyland Range) synonymized with albicans. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • albicans ( van Oort, 1915) - C Cordillera of New Guinea from Weyland Mts E to Hindenburg Mts and Victor Emanuel Mts.
  • bloodi Mayr & Gilliard, 1951 - mountains of E New Guinea from at least Mt Hagen and Mt Giluwe (probably from Doma Peaks/Tari region) E to Kratke Range just W of Watut/Tauri Gap.
  • meyeri Finsch & A. B. Meyer, 1885 - mountains of SE New Guinea E from Mt Missim (E of Watut/Tauri Gap) and Ekuti Range.