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Bird Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Common Name: Forest Kingfisher

Scientific name: Todiramphus macleayii

Family: Halcyonidae

Order: Coraciiformes

Other Names: Macleay's, Blue or Bush Kingfisher

Distribution: essentially a tropical and subtropical kingfisher. The nominate (same name as species) race is found from the Top End of Northern Territory to the Gulf Coast. The incinctus race is found in coastal eastern Australia.

Habitat: open sclerophyll forest with a patchy or sparse understorey. They favour watercourse vegetation and the margins of swamps.

Field Notes: dark royalblue head with pale turquoise on the back.There is a large white spot over the bill. The underparts are white.The male has a white collar which the female lacks. In flight there is a prominent white wing patch.There is a broad black eyestrip extending from the bill to the eye coverts. The tail is royal blue above and below is black to dusky grey.

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Photos by Auscraft Sept 2011