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Eastern Parotia Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Paradisaeidae Genus: Parotia Species: P. helenae Binomial name Parotia helenae De Vis, 1891 The Eastern Parotia (Parotia helenae) is also known as Helena's Parotia. Approximately 27 cm long, it is a medium-sized passerine of the birds of paradise family, Paradisaeidae. The Eastern Parotia is distributed and endemic to mountain forests of southeast Papua New Guinea. Its appearance resembles Lawes's Parotia, of which it is sometimes considered a subspecies. It differs in the male frontal crest's and the female's dorsal plumages colors. The male has an iridescent golden green breast shield, elongated black plumes, three erectile spatule head wires behind each blue iris eye and golden brown nasal tuft feathers. The female is smaller than the male, with brown plumage and black barred below. As do other Parotia, the male is polygamous and performs spectacular courtship display in the forest ground. The clutch contains 1, maybe occasionally 2 eggs; one that was studied was 38.4 x 27.8 mm in size (Mackay 1990). It eats mainly fruit, seeds and arthropods. The scientific name honors Princess Helena Augusta Victoria, the third daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. A common species throughout its limited range, the Eastern Parotia is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES. References BirdLife International (2004). Parotia helenae. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern Mackay, Margaret D. (1990): The Egg of Wahnes' Parotia Parotia wahnesi (Paradisaeidae). Emu 90(4): 269. PDF fulltext External links BirdLife Species Factsheet v · d · eBirds-of-paradise (family: Paradisaeidae)  Genera and species Genus Species Lycocorax Paradise-crow Manucodia Glossy-mantled Manucode • Jobi Manucode, • Crinkle-collared Manucode • Curl-crested Manucode • Trumpet Manucode Paradigalla Long-tailed Paradigalla • Short-tailed Paradigalla Astrapia Arfak Astrapia • Splendid Astrapia • Ribbon-tailed Astrapia • Princess Stephanie's Astrapia • Huon Astrapia Parotia Western Parotia • Queen Carola's Parotia • Bronze Parotia • Lawes's Parotia • Eastern Parotia • Wahnes's Parotia Pteridophora King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise Lophorina Superb Bird-of-paradise Ptiloris Magnificent Riflebird • Growling Riflebird • Paradise Riflebird • Victoria's Riflebird Epimachus Black Sicklebill • Brown Sicklebill Drepanornis Black-billed Sicklebill • Pale-billed Sicklebill Cicinnurus Magnificent Bird-of-paradise • Wilson's Bird-of-paradise • King Bird-of-paradise Semioptera Standardwing Seleucidis Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea Lesser Bird-of-paradise • Greater Bird-of-paradise • Raggiana Bird-of-paradise • Goldie's Bird-of-paradise • Red Bird-of-paradise • Emperor Bird-of-paradise • Blue Bird-of-paradise  Incomplete list of likely hybrids Astrapian Sicklebill • Barnes' Astrapia • Bensbach's Bird of Paradise • Blood's Bird of Paradise • Duivenbode's Bird of Paradise • Duivenbode's Riflebird • Duivenbode's Six-wired Bird of Paradise • Elliot's Bird of Paradise • False-lobed Astrapia • Gilliard's Bird of Paradise • King of Holland's Bird of Paradise • Lupton's Bird of Paradise • Lyre-tailed King Bird of Paradise • Mantou's Riflebird • Maria's Bird of Paradise • Mysterious Bird of Bobairo • Rothschild's Bird of Paradise • Rothschild's Lobe-billed Bird of Paradise • Ruys' Bird of Paradise • Schodde's Bird of Paradise • Sharpe's Lobe-billed Parotia • Stresemann's Bird of Paradise • Wilhelmina's Bird of Paradise • Wonderful Bird of Paradise This Paradisaeidae-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e