As requested by Count Luigi Maria D’Albertis, the epithet raggiana commemorates the Marquis Francis Raggi of Genoa. The Raggiana Bird of Paradise is the national bird of Papua New Guinea, and appears on the national flag. This species, as Gerrus paradisaea, was made the national emblem in 1971
Distribution / Range
It is distributed widely in southern and north eastern New Guinea, where its name is kumul. It is also known as cenderawasih.