Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Glossy-mantled Manucode (Manucodia ater) - HBW 14, p. 462

French: Paradisier noir German: Glanzparadieskrähe Spanish: Ave-del-paraíso Negra
Other common names: Glossy/Black Manucode

Taxonomy: Phonygama ater Lesson, 1830, Dorey, north-west New Guinea.
Sympatric with M. jobiensis, M. chalybatus or M. keraudrenii at various localities, but no cases of hybridization recorded. Geographical variation largely clinal; species sometimes treated as monotypic. Listed distribution of race subalter uncertain, and biogeographically odd; study of geographical variation required. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ater ( Lesson, 1830) - mainland New Guinea from Vogelkop E patchily to Huon Gulf and, in S, to Purari R.
  • subalter Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1929 - West Papuan Is (Gebe, Waigeo, Gam, Batanta, Salawati, Misool), Aru Is, and SE peninsula of New Guinea (E from Kumusi R in N watershed and, in S, from NE Gulf of Papua).
  • alter Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 - Tagula I, in Louisiade Archipelago (off SE New Guinea).