Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher

Tanysiptera sylvia

Between mid-October and early November this beautiful kingfisher arrives in Australia from New Guinea to breed, and indeed several pairs nest within the grounds of Kingfisher Park, within hollows in termite mounds on the ground. Eggs are typically laid in December and the young birds typically fledge by early March. Its blue, black and white upperparts, orange-buff breast and long white tail distinguish it from any other kingfisher. The bill is bright orange-red, as are the legs and feet. The somewhat similar Little Paradise-Kingfisher T. hydrocharis is a rare vagrant to Australia, with only a single confirmed sighting. The Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher’s presence is betrayed by a constant trilling call or a repeated ‘chuga-chuga-chuga’. Within Australia, it is confined to lowland tropical rainforest in northern Qld.