Ptiloris paradisea
Riflebird Ri"fle*bird`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of beautiful birds of Australia and New Guinea, of the genera {Ptiloris} and {Craspidophora}, allied to the paradise birds. [1913 Webster]

Note: The largest and best known species is {Ptiloris paradisea} of Australia. Its general color is rich velvety brown, glossed with lilac; the under parts are varied with rich olive green, and the head, throat, and two middle tail feathers are brilliant metallic green. [1913 Webster]


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