Raggiana Bird of Paradise Paradisaea raggiana

Raggiana Bird of Paradise
Raggiana Bird of Paradise
The Raggiana Bird of Paradise is native to forests of northeastern and southern New Guinea. It is named after Francesco Raggi, an Italian marquis, and is the national bird on the flag of Papua New Guinea.
Raggiana Bird of Paradise
Raggiana Bird of Paradise
Raggiana Bird of Paradise
The male Raggiana (above) has an iridescent green face with pale cream hood and rufous brown body and wings like the Greater and Lesser Birds of Paradise. He usually has a narrow yellow collar visible between the green face and brown chest. In breeding plumage he doesn't have as full a cream mantle as the Lesser and has red plumes (red-orange in some subspecies) rather than yellow-white. He is some 34cm long, a little larger than the Lesser but much smaller than the Greater. The relatively plain female has a light brown hood with a dark face and a medium brown front.