Paradise kingfisher

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Paradise kingfishers
Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher.jpg
Brown-headed paradise kingfisher
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Subfamily: Halcyoninae
Genus: Tanysiptera
Vigors, 1825

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The paradise kingfishers (genus Tanysiptera) are a group of tree kingfishers found in Australasia.

The genus was erected by the Irish zoologist Nicholas Aylward Vigors in 1825.[1] The name Tanysiptera is from classical Greek tanusipteros meaning "long-feathered".[2] The birds in the genus have distinctive long tail streamers.[3]

There are nine species:[4]


  1. ^ Vigors, Nicholas Aylward (1825). "Observations on the natural affinities that connect the orders and families of birds". Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. 14 (3): 395-517 [433]. 
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London, United Kingdom: Christopher Helm. p. 379. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  3. ^ Fry, C. Hilary; Fry, Kathie; Harris, Alan (1992). Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, and Rollers. London: Christopher Helm. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7136-8028-7. 
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Rollers, ground rollers & kingfishers". World Bird List Version 7.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 May 2017.