Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Coraciiformes Alcedinidae

Scientific Name: Tanysiptera hydrocharis
Species Authority: Gray, 1858
Common Name(s):
English Little Paradise-kingfisher, Little Paradise Kingfisher, Little Paradise-Kingfisher
Taxonomic Source(s): del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International.
Taxonomic Notes: 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 within its distribution. For these reasons, it is classified as Data Deficient.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Contributor(s): Bishop, K., Gregory, P. & Whitney, B.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Derhé, M., Dutson, G., Symes, A.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Data Deficient (DD)
2004 Data Deficient (DD)
2000 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Data Deficient (DD)
1994 Data Deficient (DD)
1988 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: 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.

Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO): No
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2: 48900
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO): No
Continuing decline in number of locations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations: No
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Population [top]

Population: 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.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals: Unknown Continuing decline of mature individuals: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations: No Population severely fragmented: No
Continuing decline in subpopulations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations: No All individuals in one subpopulation: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: 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).

Systems: Terrestrial
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Unknown
Generation Length (years): 5.7
Movement patterns: Not a Migrant

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no other indication of its population or its tolerance of degraded habitats but it may be threatened by logging.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: 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.

Citation: BirdLife International. 2012. Tanysiptera hydrocharis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T22683572A38259921. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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