Western Superb Bird-of-Paradise Lophorina superba


Justification of Red List Category
Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion. Despite the fact that the population trend is suspected to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years of three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be not uncommon (Frith and Beehler 1998).

Trend justification
The species is tentatively suspected to be in decline due to habitat loss (Global Forest Watch 2020) and potentially unsustainable levels of hunting. However, the rate of forest loss within the mapped range of the species is low, measured at 1.2% between 2001 and 2019 (Global Forest Watch 2020), equating to less than 1% loss over the past three generations.

Distribution and population

This species occurs in the mountains of the Vogelkop and the Wandammen (Wandiwoi) in West Papua, Indonesia.


The primary threat to the species is forest degradation and loss, although within the area the species is known to occur, very little forest loss has been recorded in the past 19 years (circa 1%; Global Forest Watch 2020).


Text account compilers
Martin, R., Wheatley, H.

Hermes, C.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Lophorina superba. Downloaded from on 23/01/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/01/2022.