French: Martin-chasseur géant German: Jägerliest Spanish: Cucaburra común
Alcedo novæ Guineæ
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
D. n. minor
Robinson, 1900 – NE Australia from Cape York Peninsula S to Cooktown (NE Queensland).
D. n. novaeguineae
(Hermann, 1783) – E Australia from S Cape York Peninsula S to Flinders Range (South Australia) and Cape Otway (Victoria).
39–42 cm; male 196–450 g (mean 307 g), female 190–465 g (mean 352 g). Very large, distinctive kingfisher. Male nominate race white head, dark crown and... read more
Well-known laughing choruses, mainly at dawn and dusk, by 2 or more birds, often in response to... read more
Eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest and woodland, using riparian trees along major watercourses... read more
Food and feeding
Diet varied and well studied. Invertebrates recorded are earthworms (Lumbricidae, Megascolecidae), snails (Helicidae), spiders (... read more
Lays in Sept–Dec; occasionally 2 broods. Monogamous; pairs for life, maintains territory all year. Pair often accompanied by up to 4... read more
Sedentary, with occasional temporary movements to exploit abundant prey; prior to breeding,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common over most of its range, and has benefited from human settlement. Density varies between 0·04 and 0·8 birds/ha, giving estimated... read more
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