French: Martin-chasseur à ailes bleues German: Haubenliest Spanish: Cucaburra aliazul
Vigors and Horsfield
Keppel Bay, eastern Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
D. l. intermedia
Salvadori, 1876 – S & SE New Guinea from Mimika R to Fly R and from Eloa R to Amazon Bay.
D. l. cervina
Gould, 1838 – Tiwi Is (Melville, Bathurst) and adjacent mainland coastal areas of Northern Territory, in N Australia.
D. l. leachii
Vigors & Horsfield, 1827 – N Australia E to Cape York Peninsula, S to Broome (N Western Australia) in W and to Brisbane (SE Queensland), rarely to Byron Bay (NE New South Wales), in E.
D. l. occidentalis
Gould, 1869 – W Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia.
38–41 cm; male 250–322 g, female 260–370 g. Very large, distinctive kingfisher, with pale head and eye, blue wings and rump. Male nominate race faintly dark... read more
Loud chorus by 2 or more birds, particularly at dawn or dusk, up to 8 groups calling in turn,... read more
Savanna woodland and eucalypt (Eucalyptus) open woodland and forest, tall trees and... read more
Food and feeding
Wide variety of animals, mainly invertebrates, grasshoppers (Acrididae, Tettigoniidae), crickets (Gryllacridae, Gryllidae), mantids (... read more
Lays in Sept–Jan. Monogamous. Breeds as pair or as group of up to 12, most often 3 individuals; group consists of breeding pair and... read more
Generally sedentary, many adults remaining in same territory for at least 5 years. Local seasonal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common over most of its range, becoming abundant in E Cape York Peninsula. Density of 0·05 birds/ha in woodland with a grass... read more
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