Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Near Threatened

Numfor Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera carolinae)


French: Martin-chasseur de Caroline German: Numforliest Spanish: Alción colilargo de Numfor

Tanysiptera Carolinae


, 1871,

Numfor Island


Traditionally placed in a species-group with T. galatea, T. ellioti and T. riedelii. Monotypic.


Numfor I, in NW Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).

Descriptive notes

34–38 cm, including tail-streamers. Unmistakable. Both sexes purple-blue upperparts and underparts, except for white lower back, rump, tail and vent; central rectrices... read more


Described as similar to that of the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) but louder.


Lowland forest, open woodland and farmland, also beach vegetation.

Food and feeding

Grasshoppers (Orthoptera), large beetles (Coleoptera), and snails (Gastropoda).


Reported to nest in termitaria. No other information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Geelvink Islands EBA. Common and widespread in all lowland habitats on... read more

Recommended citation

Woodall, P.F. (2018). Numfor Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera carolinae). 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 13 November 2018).