Ptiloris paradiseus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ptiloris paradiseus
Species Authority: Swainson, 1825
Common Name(s):
English Paradise Riflebird

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Harding, M.
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. It is found from the Bunya Mountains southwards along the highlands of the Great Dividing Range, and in the Calliope Range.
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified. However, the species is reported to be still common in the northern part of its range but would appear to be less abundant in the south (Frith and Beehler 1998).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species lives in rainforest that is dominated by Nothofagus and adjacent Eucalyptus forest. It was once found in lowland forest but this has now been mostly cleared for agriculture (Blakers et al. 1984).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of the species former lowland habitat has been cleared for agriculture, however all logging has since stopped (S. Garnett in litt. 2000).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Ptiloris paradiseus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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