Paradise Riflebird

Lophorina paradiseus

Riflebirds are unlike any other Australian bird. Both sexes have long, slender, decurved bills and short tails. The adult male is velvet black above the oily green below; the crown, throat, breast and central tail feathers are iridescent. The female is brown and lacks iridescent, The female is brown and lacks iridescence but the white eyebrow, reddish wings and arrow-like scalloping on the under-parts are distinctive. A loud,explosive ‘yaaas’,  sometimes given twice, is a characteristic sound in the bird’s rainforest habitat. In flight, the male’s wings sound like rustling silk. Victoria’s Riflebird L. victoriae, which replaces it in the north-east, is similar