French: Martin-chasseur sylvain German: Blaukappen-Paradiesliest Spanish: Alción colilargo silvia
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
T. s. salvadoriana
E. P. Ramsay, 1879 – lowlands of SE New Guinea from Angabunga R to Kemp Welch R.
T. s. sylvia
Gould, 1850 – NE Australia from Cape York S to Eurimbula (NE Queensland); migrates to lowlands of S & N New Guinea as far W as Setekwa R and E to Lakekamu Basin#R.
29–37 cm, including tail-streamers; male 38–61 g, female 44–61 g. Both sexes of nominate race have blue head, blackish eyeband, dark blue upperparts with... read more
In Australia, piping call of 4–5 (up to 14) loud “chop” notes that become higher... read more
Monsoon forest, and lowland, notophyll vine and hill forest, usually with tall understorey and... read more
Food and feeding
Wide variety of invertebrates, from beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantises (Mantodea), katydids (Phaneropterinae),... read more
Laying dates Feb in mainland Papua New Guinea, and Nov–Feb in Queensland. Nest excavated by both adults, generally in termitarium on... read more
Breeding population in New Guinea probably resident. Nominate race in Queensland migrates to New... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in parts of its range, scarce or absent in others. Density of eight pairs in 8 ha recorded at Innisfail, on NE Queensland coast, and a... read more
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