French: Martin-chasseur de Gaudichaud German: Rotbauchliest Spanish: Cucaburra ventrirrufa
Quoy and Gaimard
Gebe I (N Moluccas), W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Misool), lowlands of New Guinea (including Kolepom I), along with islands in Geelvink Bay (Mios Num, Yapen), Aru Is, and Heath Is (Sariba) in Milne Bay.
28–31 cm; male 110–161 g, female 138–170 g. Large, distinctively marked kingfisher. Male has white stripe behind eye, glossy black cap and back separated by... read more
Common calls are a loud, repeated “tok” or “chok”, a very rapid “tok-... read more
Mainly in lower canopy of monsoon and riverine forest, but also in primary rainforest, floodplain-... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, including grasshoppers and locusts (Orthoptera), stick-insects (Phasmida), beetles (Coleoptera), larvae, earthworms (... read more
Most breeding activity in late dry and early wet seasons; nest excavation reported in mid-Aug and Sept, but also in May–Jun; eggs... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed in New Guinea, and common in suitable habitat. Occurs in Wasur National Park, Irian Jaya. Density of 1 bird/ha recorded. No... read more
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