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Little Paradise-kingfisher Tanysiptera hydrocharis
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Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

Taxonomic note
This species is known to inhabit southern New Guinea, but recent searches have reported only a handful of records. There is no information on its likely distribution extent, population size or trends, although there are unlikely to be significant threats

Distribution and population
Tanysiptera hydrocharis inhabits the Aru Islands and the Trans-Fly region of southern New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea) (Coates 1985, Beehler et al. 1986). It was not recorded during a month-long expedition to the Aru Islands (K. D. Bishop in litt. 1994, 1997, 1999) and there are recent records only from the Trans-Fly north of Kiunga (K. D. Bishop in litt. 1994, 1997, 1999, P. Gregory in litt. 1994, 1999, Richards and Rowland 1995) but it may occur throughout the Fly basin (B. Whitney in litt. 2000). It is uncommon to common north of Kiunga, where it is sympatric with Common Paradise-kingfisher T. galatea and White-tailed Paradise-kingfisher T. sylvia.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified. Further research is required.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

In the Trans-Fly north of Kiunga it is present in undisturbed seasonally flooded alluvial lowland forest (K. D. Bishop in litt. 1994, 1997, 1999, P. Gregory in litt. 1994, 1999, Richards and Rowland 1995, B. Whitney in litt. 2000).

There is no other indication of its population or its tolerance of degraded habitats but it may be threatened by logging.

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey historical locations and potentially suitable habitats for the species on the Aru islands and in the Trans-Fly. Study its ecological requirements and threats.

Beehler, B. M.; Pratt, T. K.; Zimmerman, D. A. 1986. Birds of New Guinea. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Coates, B. J. 1985. The birds of Papua New Guinea, 1: non-passerines. Dove, Alderley, Australia.

Richards, A.; Rowland, R. 1995. List of birds recorded in Papua New Guinea during the period 16 October to 29 November 1992. Muruk 7(2): 75-95.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Derhé, M., Dutson, G., Symes, A.

Bishop, K., Gregory, P., Whitney, B.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Tanysiptera hydrocharis. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Data Deficient
Family Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Species name author Gray, 1858
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Unknown
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 48,900 km2
Country endemic? No
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