Bensbach's Bird of Paradise
|Bensbach’s Bird of paradise|
|Species:||Ptiloris m. magnificus
x Paradisaea m. minor
Bensbach’s Bird of paradise, also known as Bensbach’s Riflebird , is a bird in the family Paradisaeidae that is often now dismissed as an intergeneric hybrid between a Magnificent Riflebird and Lesser Bird-of-paradise. However, some authors, such as Errol Fuller, believe that it was a distinct and possibly extinct species.
Only one adult male specimen is known of this bird, held in the Netherlands Natural History Museum and coming from the Arfak Mountains of north-western New Guinea. It is named after J. Bensbach, Dutch Resident at Ternate, who presented the specimen to the museum.
- Frith & Beehler (1998), p.517.
- Iredale (1950), p.56.
- Frith, Clifford B.; & Beehler, Bruce M. (1998). The Birds of Paradise. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-854853-9.
- Iredale, Tom (1950). Birds of Paradise and Bower Birds. Melbourne: Georgian House.
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