Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus) - HBW 14, p. 485

French: Paradisier multifil German: Fadenparadieshopf Spanish: Ave-del-paraíso Filamentosa
Other common names: Twelve-wired Paradise Bird

Taxonomy: Paradisea melanoleuca Daudin, 1800, "Waigiou"; error = Salawati or the Vogelkop, New Guinea.
Intergeneric hybridization with Ptiloris magnificus and Paradisaea minor recorded. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • melanoleucus ( Daudin, 1800) - West Papuan Is (Salawati) and W & S New Guinea from Vogelkop E in N watershed to Mamberamo R and, in S watershed, to Port Moresby area and possibly to Milne Bay.
  • auripennis Schlüter, 1911 - N New Guinea from Mamberamo R to Ramu R.