French: Martin-chasseur à dos de feu German: Rotbürzelliest Spanish: Alción culirrojo
interior of New South Wales, Australia
Australia (except extreme SW & SE and Tasmania).
22 cm; male 45–70 g, female 41–62 g. Smallish kingfisher with distinctive streaky green crown, and rufous lower back and rump. Male white forehead and eyebrow,... read more
Single downward-inflected note, “pee-eee”, may be repeated every 3 seconds in long... read more
Most common in arid or semi-arid zones and seasonally dry tropics with open woodland, mallee, open... read more
Food and feeding
Locusts and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), leaf insects (Phasmida), mantids (Mantodea), beetles (Cerambycidae, Dytiscidae, Scarabaeidae,... read more
Lays in Aug–Feb in N Australia, in Sept–Feb in S; breeds opportunistically in C Australia, continuously in abnormally wet years... read more
In S parts of range seems to be largely a migrant, moving S in austral summer (Aug–Apr) to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Although sparsely distributed, it is widespread in Australia in a variety of dry habitats. Density of 0·01 birds/ha in Northern Territory, and 19... read more
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