French: Martin-chasseur d’Euphrosine German: Hakenliest Spanish: Martín cazador ganchudo
Manokwari, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. waigiuensis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – Waigeo (W Papuan Is).
M. m. macrorrhina
(Lesson, 1827) – Batanta, Salawati and Misool (W Papuan Is), and Vogelkop E across S & E New Guinea.
M. m. jobiensis
Salvadori, 1880 – Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay) and E through N New Guinea to Astrolabe Bay.
27 cm; male 90–110 g, female 85–110 g. Large, dumpy-looking kingfisher, black eyestripe and black band from chin joining at rear to form broad collar, bordered... read more
Calls mainly at dusk and dawn, but throughout night when moonlit, also by day when breeding, single... read more
Lowland primary and secondary rainforest, gallery forest, scrub-forest, also partly cleared areas,... read more
Food and feeding
Large insects, including stick-insects (Phasmida), also frogs. Feeding behaviour little known; bill often caked in mud, suggesting that it... read more
Lays in middle to late dry season, in Jul–Oct. Nest dug into active termite nest 3–6 m above ground on side of a tree, in shady... read more
Sedentary; a ringed bird recovered 5·5 years later at same site.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed and quite common. Occurs in Varirata National Park; fairly common in Kau Wildlife Area. Nocturnal habits means that it is... read more
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