French: Martin-chasseur à bec noir German: Schwarzschnabelliest Spanish: Alción piquinegro
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. melanorhyncha
(Temminck, 1826) – Sulawesi and associated islands (Manadotua, Bangka, Lembeh, Dodepo, Togian Is, Wowoni, Kabaena, Muna, Butung, Labuandata, Salayar).
P. m. dichrorhyncha
A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1896 – Banggai Is.
P. m. eutreptorhyncha
E. J. O. Hartert, 1898 – Sula Is.
35 cm; male 184 g, female 203 g. Large kingfisher characterized by pied plumage, large bill. Both sexes of nominate race have whitish head, dusky forehead and around eye,... read more
Loud, barking “kak-kak-kak”, or repeated “ke-kak”, also series of yapping... read more
Estuaries, mangroves, coastal scrub and wooded seashores, shrubby sea cliffs, coastal islets and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly crabs and crayfish. Perches on a branch above shallows and scans the water; plunges down for prey, which is brought back to perch... read more
Birds in breeding condition in Sept on Muna and Butung. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely but sparsely distributed; common in some localities, including most of Banggai Is (Peleng, Banggai, Labobo and Bangkalan) and on ccoasts of... read more
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