Magnificent Riflebird is a species of bird of paradise that lives in tropical rainforest of Tanah Papua (in English, it is called New Guinea). It can be found in lowland and lower montane forests. The call of the bird can be heard in almost all day. Here is a video of the paradise bird that I recorded using Canon D-SLR camera that was equipped with 600 mm telephoto lens. Although the bird can be heard calling nearly all day, it is quite difficult to find him due to its dark feather.
The dancing site of this paradise bird can be a hanging vine or a branch of a tree that is in horizontal position.
|Magnificent Riflebird in Manokwari|
Birdwatching Sites - There are a lot of places in West Papua where visitors can go to watch the Magnificent Riflebird. Some of them that I know include:
- Klatomok Village in Sorong regency. Visitors who fly to Sorong city in order to take a holiday in Raja Ampat can also take a rainforest tour to Klatomok village by a 4WD car to find this bird and a lot of other tropical bird in the forest. The forest in Klatomok is also the habitat of wallaby, wild pigs, deer, echidna, soa-soa lizard, snake, cuscus possum and etc.
- Tambrauw - This regency has got hundreds of birding sites which visitors can explore to find not only the riflebird but also a long list of birds and other wild animals that are endemic to rainforest of West Papua.
- Susnguakti forest of Manokwari, and
- Aisandami Village of Wondama regency.
|Silhouette of the Paradise Riflebird|
|Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)|
|Lesser Birds of Paradise (watercolour painting on paper)|
|Bird of Paradise classic T-shirt|