Friday, July 6, 2012

>Archboldia sanfordi (Sanford's Bowerbird)

Sanford's Bowerbird


Sanford's Bowerbird
Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Species:A. sanfordi
Binomial name
Archboldia sanfordi
Mayr & Gilliard, 1950
The Sanford's BowerbirdArchboldia sanfordi is a black bowerbird with a reddish-brown iris, grey feet and black bill. The male has a golden crest extending from forehead, blackish wing and long tail. Both sexes are alike. The female is smaller with blue-grey feet and without crown feathering.
A polygamous species, the Sanford's Bowerbird inhabits to eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea. The diet consists mainly of fruits. This bowerbird was discovered by Ernest Thomas Gilliard in 1950 at Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea. It is named after Dr Leonard Cutler Sanford, a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History.
Some authorities considered the Sanford's Bowerbird as a subspecies of the Archbold's Bowerbird.

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