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Red-backed Kingfisher

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Photo © by CutterpillarCollinsville, Queensland, Australia, August 2018
Photo © by Cutterpillar
Collinsville, Queensland, Australia, August 2018
Todiramphus pyrrhopygius


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Neil FiferAlice Springs, April 2004
Photo © by Neil Fifer
Alice Springs, April 2004

22 cm (8¾ in)

  • Rufous red patch on lower back and rump
  • Black stripe running through eye to the back of the head

[edit] Distribution

Australia (except south-west and east, from southern Queensland to south-eastern South Australia)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Eucalypt woodlands, scrub and tussock grasslands, and areas with scattered trees.

[edit] Behaviour

Photo by Greg McKayEaglehawk, North Australia, October 2009
Photo by Greg McKay
Eaglehawk, North Australia, October 2009

[edit] Diet

They feed on the ground, foraging for insects and reptiles. Their prey items consist of locusts, grasshoppers, mantids and beetles.

[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. Australian
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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