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forest kingfisher

Forest Kingfisher

The Forest Kingfisher was first described by the naturalists Sir William Jardine and Prideaux John Selby in 1830.

Taxonomy

 It was known for many years by its old scientific name of Halcyon macleayi before being transferred to the genus Todiramphus. Two subspecies are recognised:

H. m. macleayi, the nominate subspecies, is found across the Top End eastwards to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
H. m. incinctus, described by John Gould, has a greener tinge to its back and is slightly larger.
It is found down the east coast of Australia.

Description

Measuring 21.5-25.5 cm (8.5-10 in), the Forest Kingfisher has blue wings, head and tail with white breast, abdomen and nape. It has a white patch in front of the eyes and a black band stretching from the bill, through the eyes and to the ear coverts. A white patch is visible on the wings in flight. The female is distinguished by a blue rather than white nape. The iris is dark brown and the legs and feet dark grey. Immature birds are duller with a blackish crown. The call is a shrill t-reek, repeated regularly, most often in the early morning.

Distribution and habitat

The Forest Kingfisher is native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Australia, where it is found on or near the Australian Coastline from Port Stephens in New South Wales northwards to Cape York and westwards across the Top End. It is a summer visitor in the southern parts of its range in New South Wales and southern Queensland; elsewhere it is resident all year round.

As its name suggests, it inhabits subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests and Melaleuca swampland.
Feeding

The Forest Kingfisher hunts invertebrates, such as bugs, beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, and worms, as well as small frogs and lizards. It often kills prey by hitting it against a branch after seizing it.
Breeding

Breeding season is October to January in Australia with one brood raised. The nest is a short burrow into a round chamber within an arboreal termite nest, around 10-12 m (30-40 ft) above the ground. Three to six white shiny eggs are laid, measuring 25 mm x 22 mm. Fledglings are fed for around a month before they leave the nest.

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