Epimachus bruijnii, Photo: Michael Lahanas
Epimachus bruijnii (Oustalet, 1879)
Annales Des Sciences Naturelles (6) 9 art.5 p.1
The Pale-billed Sicklebill, Drepanornis bruijnii, is a medium-sized, about 35 cm long, olive brown bird of paradise. The male has a bare purple grey skin around its eye, brown iris, pale sickle-like bill, an iridescent red and purple-tipped upper breast plumes, blue and green-tipped ornamental lower breast feathers and purple small horn-like brow feathers. Unadorned female is smaller and paler than male.
The Pale-billed Sicklebill is distributed to lowland rainforests of northwestern New Guinea. Its diet consists mainly of fruits and arthropods.
The name commemorates the Dutch plume merchant Antonie Augustus Bruijn.
Due to deforestation and habitat lost on this limited range species, the Pale-billed Sicklebill is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.
BirdLife International (2004). Epimachus bruijnii. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is near threatened
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