Birda Logo

Growling Riflebird

Ptiloris intercedens

The growling riflebird, known scientifically as Ptiloris intercedens, is a medium-sized bird belonging to the family Paradisaeidae. The male of the species is resplendent with velvet black and green plumage, adorned with black flank plumes and a black curved bill. His mouth is a striking yellow, and his feet are blackish, with a dark brown iris. Notably, he boasts an iridescent greenish blue crown, throat, breast shield, and central tail feathers. The female, in contrast, presents a rufous brown coloration with barred buff on her underside.

Identification Tips

To distinguish the growling riflebird from its close relatives, one should note the male's lower breast and abdomen coloration, his distinctive growling song, and the feathered base of the culmen. These features set it apart from the magnificent riflebird, with which it is sometimes confused or considered a subspecies.


This bird is endemic to the lowlands of easternmost Papua New Guinea, where it finds its home.


The growling riflebird is a common species throughout its range in the lowlands of easternmost Papua New Guinea.


Males are polygamous and perform their courtship displays solitarily, a fascinating behavior to observe for any avid birdwatcher.

Song & Calls

The male growling riflebird is named for its distinctive growling song, a unique auditory experience for bird enthusiasts.

Diet and Feeding

The diet of the growling riflebird consists mainly of fruits and arthropods, a typical fare for birds of paradise.

Conservation status

The growling riflebird is evaluated as being of least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is also listed on Appendix II of CITES, indicating that while it is not currently threatened with extinction, it must be monitored to ensure its populations remain stable.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Growling Riflebirds on Birda

A map showing the sighting location
Profile picture for Owen Robertson
Owen Robertson
19 Nov 2019 - 12:00am
Papua New Guinea

More Birds-of-paradise

Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
David C
Very knowledgeable group
Nice friendly birding community. Very knowledgeable group with a willingness to help.
Just what birding needs
We need more fun in birding, for years it has had a reputation for being up tight and stuffy and only perused by retirees and anoraks. Birda helps change that perception and firmly brings birding into the 21st century! Fun, interactive while still contributing to science and conservation. If you aren’t on it, why not??
Learning Birding with Birda
I’m relatively new to birding as a hobby, and Birda is a great way to keep track off all the species I see. I’m still working on my ID skills, but the app is great for figuring out potential species, and the online community is so friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend Birda to both early and serious birders! 🐦
Emma L
App got me interested in birding!
Super friendly community <3 This app got me interested in birding! It teaches me cool stuff and its super friendly, and fun :) The species guide is really developing my knowledge, and i love seeing cool new birds from round the world!
Alice J
Awesome Birding Community
I absolutely love the community aspect of this app. The app is so user friendly and has fun interactive challenges to get you out birding. I’ve tried others but since I’ve started using Birda I’ve not gone back!
Amylia S
Best app for any birding person!
I love this app!! I am so addicted to it when I saw it had 3 star review I was so sad! The app is awesome!! The best app for any birding person! ❤️
Makes you want to spot birds more
I think this app is fun. It makes you want to spot birds more so I guess in a way it encourages you to get out and about instead of sitting in front of the TV.
Erna M
I really like Birda
I really like Birda. I also use other birding apps and have Birda with E-bird going at the same time.
Simply fantastic
I love this app, it puts so much fun into recording the birds I’ve seen and heard while I’m out and about. The interface is user-friendly and suitable for all ages. It’s great to collect badges and to review my “lists”.
Talli A
My favourite app
As a young birdwatcher who was always keen to be apart of a community but never seemed to find one, my problem was solved downloading this!!! Everyone is so friendly and just as excited to see birds as me 😁
As featured in
Connect with nature,
Find your flock
Download Birda - QR Code
© 2024 All rights reserved