Lawes's Parotia, Parotia lawesii, is a medium-sized (up to 27 cm long) bird of paradise. It is distributed and endemic to mountain forests of southeast and eastern Papua New Guinea.
The male is a velvet black bird with an erectile silvery white forehead crest, iridescent purple blue nape and golden green breast plumes. The inside of its mouth is lime-colored. Adorned with three ornamental spatule head wires from behind of each eye and elongated black flank feathers, that spread skirt-like in courtship display. The female is a brown bird with dark head, yellow iris and dark-barred yellowish brown below. The iris is colored in various amounts of blue and yellow, changing according to the bird's mood. It eats mainly fruit, seeds and arthropods.
Widespread and common throughout its range, Lawes's Parotia is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.
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