Goldie's bird-of-paradise

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Goldie's Bird-of-paradise
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Superorder Passerimorphae
Order Passeriformes
Sub-order Passeri
Family Information
Superfamily Passeroidea
Family Paradisaeidae
Tribe Information
Tribe Paradisaeini
Genus Information
Genus Paradisaea
Species Information
Species P. decora
Population statistics
Population 650 est. (2014)
Conservation status Vulnerable[1]

Goldie's bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea decora) is a bird of the family Paradisaeidae, and inhabits a pair of islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea in the south Pacific Ocean.


Goldie's bird-of-paradise is crow-sized, about 13 inches long. The male is adorned with iridescent plumage: a yellow head and back, green throat, and a lavender-grey breast. Long ornamental plumes are on the flanks, buff-brown in color with a tinge of yellow, and are used in courtship displays. Females are ordinary in color, olive above and reddish-brown below.


Goldie's bird-of-paradise is restricted to the D'Entrecasteaux archipelago east of Papua New Guinea, specifically within several dense forested mountains on the islands of Fergusson and Normanby. Once established by the ICUN as "near-threatened", it is believed the overall number of the birds has always been low, never more than 1,000 individuals. Logging has taken place on the islands for years, and it is known that the birds are tolerant of secondary growth forests as a result of man's activities. However, logging has taken a toll on the bird's habitat; on Normanby subsistence farming and mining are also taking place, and a number of studies have indicated a decline in population, as much as 20% during the period 1997-2007.[2]