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Title: Epimachus Ellioti
Artist: John Gould (1804 - 1881)
Date: 1875 (1888)
Technique: Lithograph with original hand colouring.
FromJohn Gould's TheBirds of New Guinea and Adjacent Islands.Gould common name : Elliot’s Promerops Gould binomial name : Epimachus Ellioti Modern common name : Black Sicklebill Modern binomial name: Epimachus Fastuosus (hybrid)Described : Hermann,1783 This bird was once considered a distinct species, known as "Elliot's Sicklebill", "Epimachus ellioti". While some believe this was a valid species that is possibly critically endangered or extinct, it is generally viewed by most mainstream ornithologists as a hybrid. The Black Sicklebill has hybridised with Arfak Astrapia. Found in the mountain forests of New Guinea. The Elliot's Promerops can measure up to 110cm in length, and as a result, the male Black Sicklebill is the longest member of Paradisaeidae. The male is polygamous and performs a horizontal courtship display with the pectoral plumes raised around its head.The male has black plumage with an iridescent green, blue and purple scale-like feathers, red iris, bright yellow mouth, long curved black bill, huge sabre-shaped tail and large erectile fan-like plumes on sides of breast. The female is smaller and has reddish brown plumage with brown iris and buff below. Sold with the original letterpress description as issued.