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Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Mikiran, Kofiau, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua, Indonesia.,
16 November 2023.

Alternative names: Elliot's Paradise-kingfisher, Elliot's Racquet-tail

Tanysiptera ellioti


33-34 cm, including tail-streamers.

  • Blue crown
  • Dark blue upperparts
  • White rump and underparts
  • White tail, central rectrices 10 to 11 cm longer than rest of tail
  • Red bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles are duller, have buff edged wing-coverts, a pale brown washed rump, brownish-buff washed underparts and a short tail which is blue above and grey below.

Similar species

Common Paradise Kingfisher is very similar but note entirely white tail with less marked spatulate tips in this species.


Endemic to Kofiau Island, west of New Guinea, Indonesia.
Reported as common and widespread in its very small range.


This is a monotypic species.
Has been regarded conspecific with Common Paradise Kingfisher and Biak Paradise Kingfisher.


Primary and tall secondary forest in the lowlands.


A poorly known species.
Probably forages for insects in muddy forest understorey.
No information about breeding.
Presumably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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