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Torresian Kingfisher

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Photo by Mat & CatyWynnum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, April 2006
Photo by Mat & Caty
Wynnum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, April 2006
Todiramphus sordidus


[edit] Identification

  • Dark green crown
  • White spot in front of eye
  • Black eyestripe extending as small line to neck
  • Broad white neck collar
  • Dark blue-green upperparts, wings and tail
  • White underparts
  • Black bill with horn-coloured base of lower mandible

[edit] Distribution

Coasts of northern Australia and southern New Guinea.

[edit] Taxonomy

Photo by MzunguWellington Point, Australia, July 2015
Photo by Mzungu
Wellington Point, Australia, July 2015

This species belongs to the Collared Kingfisher complex and was formerly considered conspecific with Collared Kingfisher, Mariana Kingfisher, Colonist Kingfisher, Melanesian Kingfisher and Pacific Kingfisher.

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies recognized:

[edit] Habitat

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.4). Available at
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)

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