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Victoria's Riflebird

(Ptiloris victoriae)
Alternate name(s): "Lesser Rifle-bird", "Queen Victoria Riflebird"
Aboriginal name(s): "duwuduwu"

Size: 23-25 cm
Weight: 90-120 g (male), 75-95 g (female)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Victoria's Riflebird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Close-up frontal view of a male Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2020]

Close-up near-frontal portrait of a male Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2020]

Close-up near-frontal view of a male Victoria's Riflebird looking towards the observer (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2020]

Close-up near-frontal view of a male Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2020]

Close-up near-frontal view of a male Victoria's Riflebird looking sideways (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2020]

Lateral view onto the upperparts of a male Victoria's Riflebird clinging to the trunk of a Paw-paw plant
(photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2023]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Victoria's Riflebird searching for prey (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mt. Lewis NP, QLD, August 2023]

Close-up frontal/ventral view of a female Victoria's Riflebird looking sideways
(photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2020]

Close-up near-frontal view of a female Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2020]

Near-frontal view of a female Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2013]

Near-frontal view of a female Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kuranda, near Cairns, QLD, July 2018]

Near-lateral view of a female Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, May 2022]

Near-lateral view of a female Victoria's Riflebird searching for insects (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2013]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a female Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mt. Lewis NP, QLD, August 2023]

Lateral view of a female Victoria's Riflebird using its powerful bill to debark a dead branch in search of insects
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2013]

Lateral view of a female Victoria's Riflebird searching for prey (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mt. Lewis NP, QLD, August 2023]

Close-up lateral/ventral view of a female Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Lake Eacham, QLD, August 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a female Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Julatten, QLD, July 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a female Victoria's Riflebird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mt. Lewis NP, QLD, August 2023]

Food, Diet

Upside down female Victoria's Riflebird working on the end of a broken trunk in search of food (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mt. Lewis NP, QLD, August 2023]

Not a nice view of Victoria's Riflebird, but here one can see what the effort was about - a grub (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mt. Lewis NP, QLD, August 2023]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

vicrifl_me_20200927.m4a (N QLD) Contact call (male) © ME

More Victoria's Riflebird sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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