Ribbon-tailed Bird of Paradise

One of the most spectacular birds of paradise, the male Ribbon-tailed Astrapia has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size of any bird, over three times the length of its body.

The Ribbon-tailed Bird of Paradise is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

Photo: Ribbon-tailed bird of paradise on a branch Divas of the avian world, elaborately feathered birds of paradise, like this ribbon-tailed species, practice elaborate courtship rituals. More

English: Ribbon-tailed bird of paradise, ribbon tail; French: Paradisier à rubans; German: Schmalschwanz-Paradeiselster; Spanish: Ave del Paraíso Cola de Moños. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS 12.6–13.8 in (32–35 cm), but 20.9–49.2 in (53–125 cm) with adult central rectrices; female 0.23–0.35 lb (102–157 g), male 0.30–0.36 lb (134–164 g). Most easily recognized by the male's long, black-tipped white tail feathers, which are at least three times the length of the bird. More

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Author: David Ringer
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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Paradisaeidae
Genus : Astrapia
Species : mayeri
Authority : Stonor, 1939