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Alternative names: Todirhamphus australasia or Halcyon australasia
21 cm (8ΒΌ in)
Was previously Halcyon australasia but now belongs to the genus Todiramphus. The Sibley-Monroe spelling of the scientific name (Todirhamphus australasia) is incorrect. Clements and Howard & Moore both use Todiramphus australasia. More details in this discussion.
There are 3 subspecies:
Two additional subspecies tringorum and interpositus are not generally recognised.
Monsoon forest to 700 m, and gardens.
The diet consists of insects, their larvae and invertebrates.
They perch at various levels, and are thought to be ground feeders.
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