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Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher

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Alternative names: Todirhamphus australasia or Halcyon australasia

Photo © by Mark HarperTutukey, Leti, Indonesia, October 2018
Photo © by Mark Harper
Tutukey, Leti, Indonesia, October 2018
Todiramphus australasia


[edit] Identification

21 cm (8ΒΌ in)

  • Cinnamon head with black band
  • Rufous lores and eyebrows
  • Black mask
  • Golden upper back, throat and underparts
  • Turquoise back

[edit] Distribution

South-east Asia found in Indonesia, Lesser Sundas, Lombok, Sumba, West Timor, Moluccas Islands, Tanimbar Islands and Timor.

[edit] Taxonomy

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.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • T. a. australasia:
  • T. a. dammerianus:
  • Eastern Lesser Sundas (Moa, Leti, Babar and Damar)
  • T. a. odites:
  • Tanimbar Islands (Yamdena and Larat)

Two additional subspecies tringorum and interpositus are not generally recognised[2].

[edit] Habitat

Monsoon forest to 700 m, and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of insects, their larvae and invertebrates.

They perch at various levels, and are thought to be ground feeders.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdLife International
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2019)

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