Common Paradise-Kingfisher
Common Paradise-Kingfisher
Illustration by Keulemans and Bowdler Sharpe
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Order: Coraciiformes
Suborder: Halcyoni
Family: Alcedinidae
Genus: Tanysiptera
Species: T. galatea
Binomial name
Tanysiptera galatea
Gray, 1859
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Range of T. galatea

Tanysiptera nais Gray, 1859

The Common Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea) is a medium-sized kingfisher.

Other names

Also known as the Galatea Paradise-Kingfisher and the Racquet-tailed Kingfisher.


The kingfisher is exactly 22 cm in length (excluding its tail).

It sports a bright blue crown and a dark blue black. Shoulders and long tail are considerably of a lighter blue with white and blue outer tail feathers. Underparts, rump and long tail streamers are white while the bill is distinctively red.

Juveniles are mostly brown with a paler breast and some dark scalloping.[2]

Similar species

It is larger compared to the Little Paradise-Kingfisher though sports a darker blue crown and tail additionally.[2]




Series of mounrful whistles, rapidly accelerating into a short trill.[2]



Found in lowland rainforest, monsoon forest, other lowland forest and coastal scrub. It is widespread throughout Moluccas and various islands along the Indian Ocean.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Tanysiptera galatea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Pizzey, Graham (2012). The Field Guide To The Birds Of Australia. HarperCollinsPublishers. ISBN 9780732291938. 

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