Twelve-Wired Bird-of-Paradise

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Conservation status: LEAST CONCERN
Common name: Twelve-Wired Bird-of-Paradise
Scientific name: Seleucidis melanoleucus
Type: Bird
Diet: fruits, arthropods, frogs, insects, and nectar
Length: 33 cm (Adult: Male), 35 cm (Adult: Female)
Weight: 170–217 g (Adult: Male), 160–188 g (Adult: Female)

The twelve-wired bird-of-paradise is a medium-sized, velvet black and yellow bird-of-paradise. The male has a red iris, a long black bill and bright yellow plumes along his flanks. Twelve blackish, wire-like filaments emerge from the rear of these plumes, which gives is where the derives its name from.

The female is not as flashy as the male. It is a brown bird with black-barred buffy underparts. Their feet are strong, large-clawed and pink in color.

These birds live in flat lowlands and swamp forests, particularly throughout New Guinea and Salawati Island, Indonesia. However, it is also possible to meet them in the Jurong Bird Park.


  1. BirdLife International (2012). “Seleucidis melanoleucus“. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. Michael, Hugill (24 March 2011). “Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise”. Retrieved 10 October 2014.

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