French: Martin-chasseur montagnard German: Bergliest Spanish: Alción montano
Other common names:
Greater Yellow-billed Kingfisher,
Mountain Yellow-billed Kingfisher
Moroka, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. wellsi
Mathews, 1918 – W New Guinea (Snow Mts and Weyland Mts).
S. m. sellamontis
Reichenow, 1919 – NE New Guinea (in mountains of Huon Peninsula).
S. m. megarhyncha
Salvadori, 1896 – C & SE New Guinea from Central Highlands E to Owen Stanley Range.
24 cm; male 52–60 g, female 49–63 g. Male nominate race rufous head and underparts, black loral patch, black nape patch, greenish-blue upperparts, dark blue tail... read more
Loud trilling call, lasting several seconds, seems identical to that of S. torotoro.
Primary forest and secondary growth, mainly between 1200 m and 2200 m, occasionally down to 760 m.... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, larvae, and small lizards. Perches for long periods in middle and upper canopy, before diving for prey in the foliage or on the... read more
Lays in Dec in Papua New Guinea. Nest-site a hole in an earth bank or a hole in tree. Clutch 2 eggs; no information on incubation and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, but generally scarce. Rather little-known species; more information is required on its biology.
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