Princess Stephanie's Astrapia

Information about the Bird Princess Stephanie's Astrapia

Hybrids between this species and the ribbon-tailed astrapia, in the small area where their ranges overlap, have been named Barnes' astrapia.A common species throughout its range, Princess Stephanie's astrapia is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.Princess Stephanie's astrapia (Astrapia stephaniae), also known as Stephanie's astrapia, is a species of bird-of-paradise. It is endemic to the mountain forests in central and eastern Papua New Guinea.

Princess Stephanie's astrapia was discovered by Carl Hunstein in 1884. It was named in honor of Princess Stphanie of Belgium, the wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, who was commemorated by the blue bird-of-paradise.
Princess Stephanie's astrapia is a medium-sized, approximately 37cm long, black bird-of-paradise with an iridescent blue-green and purple head, silky plumage below and two very long, broad purplish-black central tail feathers. The female is a dark brown bird with a bluish-black head and black-barred cinnamon-brown underparts.

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