King Bird-of-paradise

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.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 19 July 2013
Scientific Name
Cicinnurus regius
  • Passeriformes
  • Paradisaeidae
  • Cicinnurus
  • C. regius
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.5 to 12.2 inches

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 王极乐鸟
Czech (Cesky) rajka královská
Danish (Dansk) Kongeparadisfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Koningsparadijsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) rubiinijousipyrstö
French (Français) Paradisier royal
German (Deutsch) Königsparadiesvogel
Italian (Italiano) Uccello del Paradiso reale
Japanese (日本語) ヒヨクドリ [hiyokudori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Kongeparadisfugl
Polish (Polski) latawiec królewski
Russian (русский язык) Королевская райская птица
Spanish (Español) Ave-del-paraíso Real
Swedish (Svenska) Kungsparadisfågel
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