Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Magnificent Bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) - HBW 14, p. 483

French: Paradisier magnifique German: Sichelschwanz-Paradiesvogel Spanish: Ave-del-paraíso Magnífica

Taxonomy: Paradisea Magnifica J. R. Forster, 1781, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.
Present species and C. respublica sometimes separated from C. regius in genus Diphyllodes. Hybridization with C. regius and, intergenerically, with Paradisaea minor recorded. Proposed race intermedius (described from upper Setekwa R, in Snow Mts) synonymized with chrysopterus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • magnificus ( J. R. Forster, 1781) - West Papuan Is (Salawati) and NW New Guinea (N & E Vogelkop, Wandammen Peninsula and Onin Peninsula).
  • chrysopterus ( Elliot, 1873) - Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay) and W & C New Guinea E to mountains of Jimi R and Sepik-Wahgi Divide, also Adelbert Range.
  • hunsteini ( A. B. Meyer, 1885) - E & SE New Guinea from upper Fly R region (E along S scarp of C Cordillera), Wahgi region and Huon Peninsula.