Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Personal tools
Main Categories

Forest Kingfisher

From Opus

Adult male, nominate racePhoto © by Peter DayKadadu Northern Territory, Australia, 30 May 2015
Adult male, nominate race
Photo © by Peter Day
Kadadu Northern Territory, Australia, 30 May 2015
Todiramphus macleayii

Todirhamphus macleayii, Halcyon macleayii


[edit] Identification

20cm (8 in)
A black, white and two-toned blue kingfisher distinguished by large white lore spots between bill and eye.
Males have a broad white collar, but females have an incomplete white collar broken by blue hind-neck.
Juveniles have buffy lore spots and flanks.
Shows a conspicuous white wing patch in flight.

[edit] Similar Species

FemalePhoto © by macdocTropical Australia, 19 April 2013
Photo © by macdoc
Tropical Australia, 19 April 2013

The black mask and white collar are similar to Mangrove Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, or Red-backed Kingfisher but Mangrove and Sacred are olive-green above and Red-backed has an orange rump.

[edit] Distribution

[edit] Taxonomy

Was previously Halcyon macleayii. The Sibley-Monroe spelling of the scientific name (Todirhamphus macleayii) is incorrect. Clements and Howard & Moore both use Todiramphus macleayii. More details in this discussion.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • T. m. elisabeth:
  • T. m. macleayii (insularis):
  • T. m. incinctus :

[edit] Habitat

Subspecies incinctusPhoto © by MzunguEmerald, Queensland, November 2019
Subspecies incinctus
Photo © by Mzungu
Emerald, Queensland, November 2019

Marshes, open lowland forest and forest edges roadsides, wetlands, watercourses, vegetation, cane fields.

[edit] Behaviour

They are often seen sitting on power lines.

[edit] Diet

Diet consists mostly of insects including grasshoppers, stick-insects, cockroaches, and beetles. Also spiders, frogs, tadpoles and lizards.

[edit] Breeding

Nests usually excavated in arboreal termitaria, but may use natural tree hollows. A short entrace burrow leads to a larger egg chamber. Clutch is three to six eggs.

[edit] Vocalisation

Includes high rolling chatter, harsh strident calls, loud whistles and screeches.

[edit] Movements

Races elizabeth and nominate race are mostly resident, but race incinctus is a partial migrant to Indonesia and New Guinea.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from
  2. Fry, C.F., Fry, K. and Harris, A. (1991). Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, and Rollers. Princeton University Press
  3. Gregory, P. (2017) Birds of New Guinea, Including Bismarck Archipelago and Boughainville. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
  4. Woodall, P.F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 6 November 2019).

[edit] External Links


Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.34293890 seconds with 8 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 18:16.