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About the King Bird-of-paradise

The King Bird-of-paradise is a small songbird in the Bird-of-paradise family. Males are striking with a bright red body plumage, a white chest lined in black, and bright blue feet. And then there's those long green-tipped tail plumes.

Like most other Birds-of-paradise, this species is found in Papau New Guinea and other nearby islands. Male birds-of-paradise all have outstanding plumage; many perform dances or other mating rituals where they display their special feathers to prospective females. The male King Bird-of-paradise swings his tail, extends its neck feathers, and puffs out his white chest feathers -- all in order to woo mates.

The population trend for this beautiful species is considered to be stable and the King Bird-of-paradise has a conservation status of Least Concern as of July 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 July 2013
Scientific Name Cicinnurus regius
  • Passeriformes
  • Paradisaeidae
  • Cicinnurus
  • C. regius
Birdorable Family Birds of Paradise
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
7.5 to 12.2 inches

International Names

  • 王极乐鸟 (Chinese)
  • rajka královská (Czech)
  • Kongeparadisfugl (Danish)
  • Koningsparadijsvogel (Dutch)
  • rubiinijousipyrstö (Finnish)
  • Paradisier royal (French)
  • Königsparadiesvogel (German)
  • Uccello del Paradiso reale (Italian)
  • ヒヨクドリ [hiyokudori] (Japanese)
  • Kongeparadisfugl (Norwegian)
  • latawiec królewski (Polish)
  • Королевская райская птица (Russian)
  • Ave-del-paraíso Real (Spanish)
  • Kungsparadisfågel (Swedish)

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