Location: Papua New Guinea
The Blue Bird-of-paradise occurs in lower montane forest, mainly at 1,400-1,800 m, but occasionally from 1,100 to 2,000 m , especially female-plumaged birds. Although displaying males usually use patches of primary forest, they have also been reported singing in the highly populous Tari valley, in areas with little remaining primary forest (B. Beehler in litt. 2012). The species is able to tolerate highly degraded habitats, occurring in garden mosaics, copses of planted trees in upland valleys (B. Beehler in litt. 2012, G. Dutson in litt. 2012), forest edge and nearby disturbed areas (van den Bergh 2009). This species is listed as Vulnerable because they have a small population that is inferred to be in slow decline owing to habitat loss from forest clearance for subsistence gardens and hunting of adult males for their plumes.
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The forest is the favoured residence for the The Blue Bird-of-paradise. The elevational zone is under pressure from clearance for subsistence gardens by the increasing human population. However, agriculture-related habitat alteration does not necessarily preclude the species from these areas as they have been found to occur in mosaics of highly degraded forest remnants and gardens, and can survive in human-dominated ecosystems (B. Beehler in litt. 2012, G. Dutson in litt. 2012). The second major threat is hunting of adult males for their pectoral and tail feathers (Beehler 1985, Coates 1990, Frith and Beehler 1998).
BirdLife International. 2016. Paradisornis rudolphi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22706266A94059137. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22706266A94059137.en. Downloaded on 03 February 2021.
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