The Splendid Astrapia, Astrapia splendidissima is a medium-sized, approximately 39cm long, black bird of paradise with an iridescent yellow-green mantle, blue-green throat, dark green below and short, broad and black-tipped white tail feathers. The female has a brown plumage and dark head.
This little known Astrapia is distributed to the mountain forests in western part of the central highlands of New Guinea. Its diet consists mainly of fruit, insects, lizards and frogs.
Widespread and common species throughout its range, the Splendid Astrapia is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.