Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)


Kofiau Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera ellioti)


French: Martin-chasseur de Kofiau German: Elliotliest Spanish: Alción colilargo de Kofiau

Tanysiptera ellioti


, 1870,

no locality = Kofiau Island


Traditionally placed in a species-group with T. galatea, T. riedelii and T. carolinae; commonly regarded as conspecific with the first two, but morphological differences support treatment as separate species. Monotypic.


Kofiau I (W Papuan Is).

Descriptive notes

33–34 cm, including tail-streamers. Both sexes blue crown, dark blue upperparts, white rump and underparts; tail white, central rectrices slightly tapered, 10–11... read more


Song a rapidly-trilled, accelerating and ascending series of soft, musical notes, lasting 1... read more


Tall shaded primary and secondary forest; adults (but not immatures) also found in shaded gardens. read more

Food and feeding

No information; individuals with heavily worn breast feathers suggest foraging for insects in muddy forest understorey.


No information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in West Papuan Lowlands EBA. Endemic to the 144 km2 island of Kofiau. Very little-known species. Abundant and widespread in... read more

Recommended citation

Woodall, P.F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Kofiau Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera ellioti). 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 9 December 2019).