Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) - HBW 14, p. 475
French: Paradisier gorge-d'acier
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Male calling. Locality Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia (ssp alberti)
Jun MATSUI 12 July 2012 45 weeks ago 26 sec 4.9
Displaying male and female. Locality Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia (ssp alberti)
Jun MATSUI 12 July 2012 45 weeks ago 31 sec 4.6
A female moving and feeding on a branch Locality Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (mainland), New Guinea (ssp intercedens)
Helmut Schenkel Brunner 31 August 2002 6 years ago 16 sec 3
A close-up of a male. Locality Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Chonburi, Central Thailand, Thailand
Josep del Hoyo 4 April 2008 4 years ago 43 sec 2.8
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