Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Least Concern

Red-breasted Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera nympha)


French: Martin-chasseur nymphe German: Nymphenliest Spanish: Alción colilargo ninfa

Tanysiptera Nympha

G. R. Gray

, 1840,

New Guinea = Vogelkop Peninsula


Thought to be close to T. danae. Proposed race rothschildi (Huon Peninsula) now considered invalid. Monotypic.


New Guinea, in two discrete populations: in W in Vogelkop Peninsula (E to Geelvink Bay and Etna Bay), and in NE from Adelbert Mts E to Huon Peninsula and S to upper Watut R and Bulolo Valley.

Descriptive notes

30–35 cm, including tail-streamers; male 57 g, female 47–57 g. Both sexes blue-black crown and upperparts, bright pink-red rump and underparts; tail purple-blue,... read more


1–4 mournful whistles, becoming a trill; similar to that of T. danae.


Lowland forest and ravines in forested hills, mainly below 900 m, occasionally up to 1500 m; also... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, larvae, and possibly earthworms. Perches solitarily on low horizontal branches in understorey, scanning for prey.


Undated clutch of 2 eggs from Huon Peninsula. No other information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in West Papuan Lowlands EBA and North Papuan Lowlands EBA. Locally quite common, but has a small range and would be... read more

Recommended citation

Woodall, P.F. (2018). Red-breasted Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera nympha). 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 15 December 2018).