Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide
BUFF-BREASTED PARADISE-KINGFISHER: Tanysiptera sylvia 34 cm
The Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher breeds only in rainforests of north Queensland.
It is a summer migrant, arriving in November and departing in March or April. It winters in southern New Guinea.
Adults are spectacular birds, with a thick red bill and two long white central tail feathers. These feathers contrast with the brilliant blue and black upperparts; underparts are yellowish.
Food includes insects, lizards and frogs.
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers nest in ground-level termite mounds, creating a tunnel often less than half a metre from the ground. Following this invasion, the termites seal off the chamber. Given the noise made by the chicks and the smell from dropped food, it is astonishing that broods are successful in the vulnerable positions. Many other kingfisher species choose termite mounds higher up, in trees. Tunnels are made by the adults flying head on at the mound, occasionally dying from impact. (Source: Department of Environment)
Additional Information: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
They are recognized by the very long streaming white tail.
They arrive in the Daintree from New Guinea every year
They are regularly heard and seenat Mossman Gorge, Jindalba boardwalk, and of course at Kingfisher Lodge.
Script: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide
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