Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Least Concern

Brown-headed Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera danae)


French: Martin-chasseur rose German: Braunmantelliest Spanish: Alción colilargo dánae

Tanysiptera Danae


, 1880,

Milne Bay, New Guinea


Thought to be close to T. nympha. Proposed race intensa (named from W of Dyke Acland Bay) invalid. Monotypic.


SE New Guinea from Waria R and Aroa R E to NW shore of Milne Bay (Alotau).

Descriptive notes

28–30 cm, including tail-streamers; male 37–46 g, female 42–50 g. Male rufous-brown crown and back, bright pink rump, blue wing-coverts; pink chin and... read more


1–4 mournful whistles accelerating to a trill, like that of T. galatea but quicker;... read more


Found mainly in dense primary forest, most common between 500 m and 1000 m; also recorded from... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars. Perches relatively higher in the forest than T. galatea.


Almost no information, but highest intensity of calling is from May to Oct, and a bird excavating nest has been recorded in Sept.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Patchily distributed; scarce in some areas but common in others. Regularly recorded in Varirata National Park. No figures available... read more

Recommended citation

Woodall, P.F. (2019). Brown-headed Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera danae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 November 2019).