Any one of several species of beautiful birds of Australia and New Guinea, of the genera Ptiloris
, allied to the paradise birds. [1913 Webster
" The largest and best known species is Ptiloris paradisea of Australia. Its general color is rich velvety brown, glossed with lilac; the under parts are varied with rich olive green, and the head, throat, and two middle tail feathers are brilliant metallic green."