Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

King Bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus regius) - HBW 14, p. 484

French: Paradisier royal German: Königsparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave-del-paraíso Real
Other common names: Little King Bird-of-paradise

Taxonomy: Paradisea regia Linnaeus, 1758, Aru Islands, New Guinea.
Hybridization with C. magnificus recorded. Proposed races rex (described from Sorong district, in Vogelkop) and gymnorhynchus (from near Finschhafen, on NE coast of Huon Peninsula) synonymized with nominate, and cryptorhynchus (from Taua, on lower Mamberamo R) and similis (from Stephansort, in Astrolabe Bay) treated as synonyms of coccineifrons. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • regius ( Linnaeus, 1758) - West Papuan Is (Salawati, Misool), Aru Is, and scattered localities in mainland New Guinea except N portion.
  • coccineifrons Rothschild, 1896 - N New Guinea from E coast of Geelvink Bay E to E Ramu R.