French: Martin-chasseur forestier German: Spiegelliest Spanish: Alción del Macleay
Jardine and Selby
Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
T. m. elisabeth
(Heine, 1883) – E New Guinea E from Astrolabe Bay in N and from Hall Sound in S.
T. m. macleayii
(Jardine & Selby, 1830) – N Australia in N Northern Territory (S at least to Victoria R), including Melville–Bathurst Is and Groote Eylandt; some probably migrate to Sermata (E Lesser Sundas) and Aru Is.
T. m. incinctus
(Gould, 1838) – NE Australia from Cape York Peninsula S to NE New South Wales (to Macleay R); S population migrates N as far as SE Moluccas (Kai Is), S New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago.
20 cm; male 32–43 g, female 29–44 g. Smallish kingfisher with blue-and-white plumage. Male nominate race has prominent white loral spot, dark blue crown, black... read more
“High Rolling Call” a repeated high-pitched “pee-pee-pee”, by male in... read more
Forest bordering swamps, monsoon forest, wet Melaleuca forest, mangroves, open eucalypt (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet comprises wide range of invertebrates, including grasshoppers (Acrididae), stick-insects (Phasmida), cockroaches (Blattodea), beetles... read more
Lays in Jan in Papua New Guinea, in Sept–Dec in Northern Territory, in Aug–Feb in Queensland, and in Oct–Dec in New South... read more
Race elizabeth in Papua New Guinea resident; nominate race in Northern Territory also... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, and found in a range of habitats. Density of 0·4 birds/ha in Kakadu National Park; elsewhere in Northern Territory densities of 0... read more
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