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Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Julatten, Queensland, approx 1980

Alternative name: White-tailed Kingfisher

Tanysiptera sylvia



Photo by megan perkins
Kingfisher Lodge , Jullatten, Queensland, Australia, November 2007
  • Blue forehead, crown and shoulders
  • Blue and black upperparts
  • Yellow-apricot underparts
  • Black eye band
  • White lower rump
  • Two long white central tail feathers
  • Thick red bill
  • Orange legs

Juvenile: duller with short tail feathers and a black bill


Australasia: found in New Guinea and Queensland.


Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Julatten, Far North Queensland, 1988

Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • T. s. salvadoriana:
  • South-eastern New Guinea (Hall Sound to Kemp Welch River)
  • T. s. sylvia:

Black-capped Paradise Kingfisher has recently been split from Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher.


Dense tropical rainforests.



They nest in ground-level termite mounds. The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs which are incubated by both the adults both also feeding the young who fledge after 25 days.


The diet includes frogs, lizards and insects.


Call: tcherwill, tcherwill.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill F, D Donsker & P Rasmussen (Eds). 2021. IOC World Bird List (v11.1). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Birdwatching Australia

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