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Little Paradise Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Aru Paradise Kingfisher; Lesser Paradise Kingfisher; Blue-tailed Paradise Kingfisher; Aru Island Racquet-tail

Tanysiptera hydrocharis


30 cm with tail-streamers.

  • Dark blue crown and upperparts
  • White rump and underparts
  • Dark blue tail, central tail-feathers 11 cm longer than rest and with white margins, spatulate tips
  • Red bill

Sexes similar.
Juveniles are browner with rufous-buff underparts with darker stripes and a brown bill.

Similar species

Smaller than Common Paradise Kingfisher. Note also dark blue crown and outer tail feathers.


Found on Aru Islands (Indonesia) and in southern New Guinea (Trans-Fly region).
A little known restricted-range species. Uncommon in New Guinea, status not well known on Aru Islands.


This is a monotypic species.
Closely related to Common Paradise Kingfisher.


Found in dense lowland rainforest.
Also in drier habitats than Common Paradise Kingfisher.



Feeds on insects and insect larvae. Takes food from foliage and on the ground.


Lays in April in Aru Islands, a recently fledged bird recorded in May. Reported to nest in termite nest in trees. No other information.


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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)

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