Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) - HBW 14, p. 475

French: Paradisier gorge-d'acier German: Prachtparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave-del-paraíso Goliazul
Other common names: Albert Rifle-Bird, Prince Albert's Riflebird; Growling/Eastern Riflebird (intercedens)

Taxonomy: Falcinellus magnificus Vieillot, 1819, Dorey, Vogelkop, New Guinea.
Sometimes thought to form a superspecies with P. victoriae, and has been considered conspecific. Intergeneric hybridization with Lophorina superba, Seleucidis melanoleucus and Paradisaea ­minor recorded. Race intercedens sometimes treated as separate species. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • magnificus ( Vieillot, 1819) - W & C New Guinea from Vogelkop E to Wewak area in N and, in S, to Purari R.
  • intercedens Sharpe, 1882 - E New Guinea SE from about Wanuma (Adelbert Mts).
  • alberti Elliot, 1871 - Albany I and patchily on adjacent Cape York Peninsula (S to Weipa area on W coast and to Rocky R area of McIlwraith Range on E), in NE Australia.

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