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Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Mark Harper
Varirata, Papua New Guinea, September 2008

Alternative names: Brown-backed Paradise Kingfisher; Ruddy Racquet-tail

Tanysiptera danae



  • Rufous-brown crown and back
  • Bright pink rump
  • Blue wing-coverts
  • Pink chin and throat
  • Richer deep pink breast and abdomen
  • Paler flanks and uppertail-coverts
  • Purplish-blue uppertail
  • Central tail feathers 9cm longer than rest and with white tips
  • Red bill
  • Dark brown eye

Female with buff chin and throat. Juveniles with browner crown, olive-brown upperparts, scaly underparts and an orange bill with a brown base.


Endemic to south-eastern New Guinea (Aroa River to Waria River).
Patchily distributed.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Forms a superspecies with Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher.


Temperate and moist forests. Most common between 500 and 1000m.


Feeds on insects.
Perches usually higher up in the forest than Common Paradise Kingfisher.
No information about breeding.
Presumably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 2001. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 6: Mousebirds to Hornbills. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334306

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