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Forest Kingfisher

(Todiramphus macleayii)
Alternate name(s): "Macleay's Kingfisher", "Bush Kingfisher", "Blue Kingfisher"
Size: 17-23 cm
Weight: 32-44 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Forest Kingfisher at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

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Race "macleayii"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of an adult male Forest Kingfisher with its head turned; based on this photo alone, the bird's sex cannot be established (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Near-dorsal view of an adult male Forest Kingfisher; the nape of the neck being partly invisible, the sex of the bird is uncertain (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Dorsal view of an adult male Forest Kingfisher; this view, showing clearly the completely white neck band, makes the ID certain (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2012]

Lateral view of a pair of Forest Kingfishers; probably the male is the bird at the lower left (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT, September 2016]

FEMALE

Close-up near-frontal view of Forest Kingfisher (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT, September 2016]

Near-dorsal view of an adult female Forest Kingfisher; the sex can be determined, because the blue nape of the neck is visible (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Dorsal view of an adult female Forest Kingfisher; this view makes the ID certain (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Dorsal view of an adult Forest Kingfisher with its head turned
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, August 2014]

Race "incinctus"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of an adult male Forest Kingfisher "incinctus"
[Wetlands of Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, July 2009; see credits page for details]

The white neckband characterises the bird as an adult male Forest Kingfisher
[Wetlands of Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, July 2009; see credits page for details]

Unknown sex

Near-dorsal view of a Forest Kingfisher (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Town of 1770, QLD, September 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Forest Kingfisher; the rufous tinge indicates fresh plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Town of 1770, QLD, September 2017]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Food, Diet

Forest Kingfishers, which are often found far away from water, prey on small animals, such as bugs, beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, and worms, as well as small frogs and lizards.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

fokfish_20140817.m4a macleayii
(Top End, NT)
Annoyed call? © MD
fokfish_20140817_2.m4a macleayii
(Top End, NT)
Annoyed call? © MD

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