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Crinkle-collared Manucode

Manucodia chalybatus

The crinkle-collared manucode, a medium-sized bird reaching up to 36 cm in length, is a spectacle of iridescence. Its plumage is a kaleidoscope of greenish blue and black, with a lustrous purple gloss. The tail is long and graduated, and the bird's iris is a striking red. The breast feathers shimmer with an iridescent green, adding to the bird's exotic allure.

Identification Tips

Both male and female crinkle-collared manucodes share a similar appearance, though the female is marginally smaller and exhibits less purple in her plumage. To distinguish this species from its close relative, the Jobi manucode, observe the neck feathers; the crinkle-collared manucode boasts a unique bronzed yellow-green hue.

Habitat

The crinkle-collared manucode is a denizen of the lowlands and hill forests, where it flits through the verdant canopy of mainland New Guinea and the lush Misool Island of West Papua.

Distribution

This bird-of-paradise has a widespread presence throughout its natural range, gracing the forests with its vibrant colors and dynamic presence.

Diet and Feeding

A frugivore at heart, the crinkle-collared manucode's diet is composed mainly of fruits and figs, which it forages from the forest's bounty.

Conservation status

The crinkle-collared manucode is currently evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is also listed on Appendix II of CITES, reflecting a stable population that does not face immediate threats of decline.

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