Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Near Threatened

Moorea Kingfisher (Todiramphus youngi)


Taxonomy

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

Todirhamphus [sic] youngi

Sharpe

, 1892,

Moorea, Society Islands

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

Primary and secondary forest up to 300 m.

Food and feeding

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/467408 on 19 November 2017).