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Mariana Kingfisher

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Todiramphus albicilla


[edit] Identification

  • White head with dark green eyestripe extending as small line to neck
  • White neck
  • Blue-green upperparts, wings and tail
  • White underparts
  • Black bill with horn-coloured base of lower mandible
  • owstoni with some green on crown and paler green eyestripe

[edit] Distribution

Mariana Islands.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species belongs to the Collared Kingfisher complex and was formerly considered conspecific with Collared Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Colonist Kingfisher, Melanesian Kingfisher and Pacific Kingfisher.

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies recognized:

  • T. a. owstoni: Northern Mariana Islands (Asuncion, Pagan, Almagan and Agrihan)
  • T. a. albicilla: Southern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Tinian and Aguiguan)
  • T. a. orii: Rota Island (southern Mariana Islands)

[edit] Habitat

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.4). Available at
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)

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