Paradise Riflebird

Paradise Riflebird, Australia

Paradise Riflebird, Australia

An elegant jewel of the Australian rainforest, the Paradise Riflebird is showy, vocal, and large.   Ptiloris paradiseus is 11 inches long, and not a commonly found bird.


They reside in the rainforest on the eastern coast of Australia, we found this one in Queensland.  We spotted it when we heard a loud rasping call, and then within seconds watched it do a mating display.  With fanned wings that looked like a velvet pleated cape, he threw his head back and pranced, flashing his iridescent plumage.  You can read more about it here. 


Paradise Riflebird display

Paradise Riflebird display

Sometimes I find myself melting and perspiring, slapping at relentless mosquitoes, wandering around in a smelly, dark rainforest wondering why I am here.  Other times, like this five minutes we had with the Paradise Riflebird, I know exactly why I went to the trouble.  And then trudge on for more.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander

29 thoughts on “Paradise Riflebird

    • Yes, we were without a guide that day, so it took both of us to even find a place where we could get into the rainforest. It was so dense! Thanks, Nan, for your warm comments…always appreciated. 🙂

  1. Wow, how fabulous. The second on made made my jaw drop, Astonishing.
    I’m in tears while reading “…why I went to the trouble..” Thank you for taking us there to see the beauty of our nature, Jet. 🙂

    • All the places you’ve been, Amy, I’m sure you know that feeling. There’s something about traveling in nature: you know you won’t have this exact opportunity again probably ever, so it stirs you to push yourself. And it ALWAYS pays off. Your comment, Amy, was truly appreciated. 😀

      • I haven’t done travel the kind of travels you have. I’m sure traveling in nature is very rewarding, at the same time it must be very challenging. I appreciate so much you sharing your wonderful stories and photos. 🙂

  2. Australian birds are for the most beautiful and extraordinary. This one plus 713 bird species they have. Great post and pictures Jet! 🙂

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