<i>Paradisaea decora</i> Click to enlarge image
Goldie's Bird of Paradise, male and female. Drawn by William T. Cooper Image: James King
© William T. Cooper

Fast Facts

Common name

Goldie’s Bird of Paradise

Scientific name

Paradisaea decora


Paradisaea (Latin, paradise); decora (Latin, beautiful); common name honours Andrew Goldie, Scottish collector and shop owner who first obtained this species.


Sexually dimorphic. Adult males, 33 cm long (excluding tail wires); females, 29 cm. Adult male marked by dark orange-yellow head, nape and mantle, dark green chin and throat, mauve breast and striking deep crimson flank plumes. Adult female has yellowish crown, brownish-olive upperparts and cinnamon underparts with ventral barring.


Fruits and arthropods.


Hill forests, forest edges and fallow upland gardens; 0-600m.


Polygynous. Displays recorded first half of November. About 8-10 males attend lek, 2-3 in each tree, displaying on traditional perches, watched by no more than two females. Displays similar to those of Greater Bird of Paradise with hopping along perch, erecting of flank plumes, static postures and bowing.


Breeding season and incubation, nestling and development periods unknown. Hybridisation unknown and unexpected.

Status and conservation

Near threatened; small range; poorly known.


Papua New Guinea: D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago: Fergusson and Normanby Islands.