Twelve-wired bird-of-paradise

species of bird

The twelve-wired bird-of-paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus) is a medium-sized bird-of-paradise about 33cm-long with velvet black and yellow color. The male has a red iris, long black bill and rich yellow plumes along its flanks. From the rear of these plumes emerge twelve blackish, wire-like filaments, which bend back near their bases to sweep forward over the birds hindquarters. The female is a brown bird with black-barred buffy underparts. Its feet are strong, large-clawed and pink in color.

Twelve-wired bird-of-paradise
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Scientific classification

Lesson, 1835
Binomial name
Seleucidis melanoleucus

It is the only species in the monotypic genus Seleucidis. The male displays on an exposed vertical perch with its breast-shield flared. They eat fruits and arthropods.

It can be found in lowland forests, New Guinea and Salawati Island of Irian Jaya.