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The Short-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla brevicauda) is a medium-sized, approximately 23 cm long, stocky black plumaged bird-of-paradise with slender black bill and bright yellow and blue wattles in front of each eye. The sexes are almost similar in appearance: the female is smaller than the male with a duller plumage and smaller wattles.
The Short-tailed Paradigalla is distinguished from its nearest relative, the Long-tailed Paradigalla, by its smaller size, shorter tail feathers and lack of red on the wattles. Formerly presumed to have been monogamous, it is now considered to breed polygynously. It inhabits the mountain forests of New Guinea. The diet consists mainly of fruits, seeds and insects.