Epimachus bruijnii, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Paruhsabit Paruh-putih

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Epimachus bruijnii, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Paruhsabit Paruh-putih

The Pale-billEpimachus bruijnii, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Paruhsabit Paruh-putihed Sicklebill, Epimachus bruijnii, is a medium-sized, up to 35cm long, olive brown bird of paradise. The male has a bare purple grey skin around its eye, brown iris, pale sickle-like bill, an iridescent red and purple-tipped upper breast plumes, blue and green-tipped ornamental lower breast feathers and purple small horn-like brow feathers. Unadorned female is smaller and paler than male.

The Pale-billed Sicklebill is distributed to lowland rainforests of northwestern New Guinea. Its diet consists mainly of fruits and arthropods.

The name commemorates the Dutch plume merchant Anton August Bruijn.

Due to deforestation and habitat lost on this limited range species, the Pale-billed Sicklebill is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

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