Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Near Threatened

Lazuli Kingfisher (Todiramphus lazuli)


French: Martin-chasseur lazuli German: Lazuliliest Spanish: Alción lapislázuli

Alcedo lazuli


, 1830,

Sumatra; error = Ambon


Member of the T. diops species-group (which see). Formerly considered conspecific with T. diops. Monotypic.


S Moluccas: Seram, Ambon and Haruku.

Descriptive notes

22 cm. Male has white supraloral spot, dark blue crown, paler blue upperparts, darker blue ear-coverts, wings and tail; white throat, partial collar and breast, pale blue... read more


A series of rapid, short, high-pitched notes, “ke-ke-ke”, lasting 6–20 seconds,... read more


Lowland forest, forest edge, partly cleared forest, heavily degraded forest, secondary growth with... read more

Food and feeding

Grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and beetles (including Cerambycidae). Watches for prey from a clear but shaded perch in middle to lower canopy,... read more


Little known; record of four recently fledged young being fed by both parents in early Dec, but overall season is probably Jul–Dec,... read more


Presumed to be sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Previously considered Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Seram EBA. Sometimes listed for island... read more

Recommended citation

Woodall, P.F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Lazuli Kingfisher (Todiramphus lazuli). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 October 2019).