King Bird of Paradise, Cicinnurus regius, is
distributed throughout lowland forests of New Guinea and nearby islands.
Widespread and a
common species throughout its large habitat range, the King Bird of Paradise is
evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is
listed on Appendix II of CITES.
This so-called "living gem" is the smallest and most vividly colored
among birds of paradise.
It averages approximately 16cm in length.
The male is a crimson and white with bright blue feet and green-tipped
fan-like plumes on its shoulder. The two elongated tail wires are decorated with
emerald green disk feathers on its tip.
The unadorned female is a brown
bird with barring below.
Diet / Feeding
consists mainly of fruits and
display is performed by the male with a series of tail swinging, fluffing of its
abdomen white feathers that makes the bird look like a cottonball, and acrobatic
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