Kofiau paradise kingfisher

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Kofiau paradise kingfisher
Tanysiptera ellioti by John Gerrard Keulemans.jpg
Tanysiptera ellioti by John Gerrard Keulemans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Subfamily: Halcyoninae
Genus: Tanysiptera
Species: T. ellioti
Binomial name
Tanysiptera ellioti
Sharpe, 1870

The Kofiau paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera ellioti) is a tree kingfisher endemic to the Indonesian island Kofiau. This little-known bird is sometimes considered a subspecies of the common paradise kingfisher (T. galatea), but it is morphologically distinct and del Hoyo lists it as a separate species.[2]


The Kofiau paradise kingfisher is about 34 cm (13.4 in) long including its elongated tail feathers. The head and upper parts of both male and female are dark blue and the rump, tail and underparts are white. The central tail feathers are long and tapering.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Tanysiptera ellioti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Woodall, P.F. del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E., eds. "Kofiau Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera carolinae)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 11 July 2016.