French: Martin-chasseur à tête blanche German: Echsenliest Spanish: Alción lagartijero
between Yapen and Cape d’Urville, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
T. s. saurophagus
(Gould, 1843) – N Moluccas, W Papuan Is, NW, N & SE coasts of New Guinea (including islands in Geelvink Bay), New Britain, New Ireland and satellite islands, D’Entrecasteaux Is, Louisiade Archipelago, and Solomon Is from Bougainville to Makira (San Cristobal).
T. s. anachoreta
(Reichenow, 1898) – Wuvulu, Ninigo Is, Hermit Is and Kaniet Is (extreme NW Bismarck Archipelago).
T. s. admiralitatis
(Sharpe, 1892) – Admiralty Is (NW Bismarck Archipelago).
30 cm; male 90–146 g, female 110–146 g. Large kingfisher. Both sexes nominate race white head, neck and underparts, small black line behind eye, green-blue back,... read more
Similar to T. chloris but louder and deeper, “kill kill”, or “kee-kee-... read more
Beaches with driftwood and a few perches, rocky shores, coral cliffs and pools, headlands, mangrove... read more
Food and feeding
Crabs, fish, insects and their larvae, and lizards. At low tide feeds mainly on crabs; at high tide moves into coastal vegetation, taking... read more
Lays in Aug–Dec in New Guinea. Nest in tree hole or in end of hollow branch 3–5 m above ground, possibly sometimes in the... read more
In dry season, May–Nov, some movements reported from offshore islands to mainland of N Papua... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, but little information on population levels; scarce in some areas and common in others. Recorded densities of up to 1·5 pairs/ha, and 8... read more
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