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Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher

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Photo  ©  by Mark HarperTutukey, Leti, Indonesia October, 2018

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

Alternative names: Todirhamphus australasia or Halcyon australasia


[edit] Identification

  • Cinnamon head with black band
  • 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

The diet includes insects and invertebrates.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdLife International

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