French: Martin-chasseur bec-en-cuillère German: Froschschnabelliest Spanish: Martín cazador picopala
Other common names:
East Cape, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. rex
Sharpe, 1880 – W, C & SE New Guinea from Vogelkop E to Finisterre and Owen Stanley Range.
C. r. imperator
van Oort, 1909 – S slope of Maoke Mts from Noord R to Mt Goliath, in SW New Guinea.
30–34 cm; male 245–310 g, female 247–325 g. Large, heavy kingfisher with relatively short but massive arched bill, dark brown head, dark upperparts, orange... read more
Call of 3–4 clear liquid notes lasting 1 second, descending, final note slightly separated,... read more
Lowland and hill rainforest to 2400 m, but found mainly on hills and lower mountains in wet forest... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms (Oligochaeta), insects and their larvae, snails (Gastropoda), lizards and snakes; said also to take small mice; an early report... read more
Male collected in Jan had enlarged testes, and 2 in Jan had noticeable brood patches. A fledgling purchased in Oct from a market near Wau... read more
Presumed to be sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed in New Guinea in suitable habitat, but apparently uncommon. Information required on its breeding biology, as well as on its... read more
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