from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bird of Paradise of the genus Manucodia of Boddaert; a chalybean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any bird of the genus Manucodia, of Australia and New Guinea. They are related to the bird of paradise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the birds of paradise in the genus Manucodia.


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  • Family Common Name Species Paradisaeidae Curl-crested manucode Manucodia comrii* Paradisaeidae Goldie's bird-of-paradise Paradisaea decora* An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregion.

    Trobriand Islands rain forests 2008

  • One of these birds, the curl-crested manucode, is found on all three major islands of the D'Entrecasteaux group and in the Trobriand Islands.

    Trobriand Islands rain forests 2008

  • To the manucode is ascribed practical interference with the laws of Nature.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber 2003

  • To the manucode is ascribed practical interference with the laws of

    Confessions of a Beachcomber 1887


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  • Bird wird, reesetee!

    October 20, 2009

  • "...from the French, an abbreviation of Manucodiata, and the Latinized form of the Malay Manukdewata, meaning, says Crawfurd (Malay and Engl. Dictionary, p. 97), the 'bird of the gods,' and a name applied for more than two hundred years apparently to birds-of-paradise in general."


    I haven't heard manuk in Malay, though I've heard it in Javanese and Sundanese with the meaning bird. And as manok in some dialects of Javanese.

    October 20, 2009

  • Thanks, m & b!

    October 20, 2009