Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Near Threatened

Moorea Kingfisher (Todiramphus youngi)


French: Martin-chasseur de Moorea German: Moorealiest Spanish: Alción venerado de Morea

Todirhamphus [sic] youngi


, 1892,

Moorea, Society Islands


Hitherto considered conspecific with T. veneratus, but differs in having whitish-fringed mid-brown vs dark greenish-brown crown to back (2); all-brown vs dull green-fringed blackish wings, and all-brown vs dull green ear-coverts (3); vaguely brown-streaked vs dark-scaled buffy-yellow or thick black-brown breastband (3). Monotypic.


Moorea (Society Is).

Descriptive notes

21 cm. Adult has brown upperparts, with contour feathers having pale buff, or almost pinkish buff, fringes, with narrow whitish collar, outer webs of primaries and greater... read more


Described as a measured “kleeu, kleeu, kleeu”. No known differences from T. veneratus.


Primary and secondary forest up to 300 m.

Food and feeding

No detailed studies, but presumably very similar to T. veneratus.


Not well known, but excavates nests in trees such as Neonauclea fosteri, with nestbuilding observed in late Nov, copulation in... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Society Islands EBA. Population unknown, but is considered to be declining... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Moorea Kingfisher (Todiramphus youngi). 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 30 March 2020).