Little Paradise-Kingfisher
Little 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. hydrocharis
Binomial name
Tanysiptera hydrocharis
Gray, 1858
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Range of T. hydrocharis

The Little Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera hydrocharis) is a small kingfisher.

Other names

Also known as the Aru Paradise-Kingfisher.


Is exactly 19 cm in length (excluding its tail).

The Little Paradise-Kingfisher is near identical in looks to the Common Paradise-Kingfisher with its blue plumage and dark blue back and crown. It is smaller; however, and sports a lighter blue crown. The kingfisher also possesses outer tail feathers that are blue. Juveniles have dark brown upperparts with rufous coloured tips to its wings. Has a buff breast with dark streaking.[2]

Similar species

It shares a similar appearance to the Common Paradise-Kingfisher.[2]






Found in dense lowland rainforests. Its range includes the trans-fly region of New Guinea and the Aru Islands. One beachwashed specimen was also found in Australia. (Saibai I., 2010)[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Tanysiptera hydrocharis". 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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