Frontal/ventral view from below of a male Paradise Riflebird (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree) [Near Kyogle, NSW, August 2013] Near-frontal view of a male Paradise Riflebird issuing its call (photo courtesy of L. Scott) [Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, December 2016] Magnificent riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus). Sound: a powerful, clear, rising whistle. This loud calling, but seldom seen bird is related to the bird of paradise group of Papua New Guinea. This and other "plumed" birds-of-paradise display in groups in the canopy, where many males make excited yammering and bell-like calls. Males use their voices to broadcast their location and entice distant females to come and look. Frontal view of a male Magnificent Riflebird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen) [Iron Range NP, QLD, December 2018] Lateral view of a male Magnificent Riflebird issuing its call (photo courtesy of B. Hensen) [Iron Range NP, QLD, December 2018] Near-dorsal/ventral view of a male Magnificent Riflebird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen) The paradise riflebird is found in temperate and subtropical rainforests east of the Great Dividing Range. The paradise riflebird (Lophorina paradisea) is a passerine bird of the family Paradisaeidae.Formerly a member of the genus Ptiloris, it has since been moved to the genus Lophorina alongside other riflebird species. It is found in subtropical, temperate rainforests in eastern Australia. Brian J. Coates/Bruce Coleman Ltd. In addition to the riflebird’s sweet whistled call, it makes a forceful rustling sound with its wings. Download the "Voices of Birds-of-Paradise" Audio Guide They may be known for their variety of appearance, but the birds-of-paradise are equally impressive for the diversity of their sounds. The name has also been attributed to the calls of Queen Victoria’s riflebird (P. victoriae) and the paradise riflebird (P. paradiseus)—prolonged hisses, like the passage of bullets through the air.
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