Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Vulnerable

Sombre Kingfisher (Todiramphus funebris)


Taxonomy

French: Martin-chasseur funèbre German: Molukkenliest Spanish: Alción sombrío
Taxonomy:

Todiramphus funebris

Bonaparte

, 1850,

Sulawesi; error = Moluccas

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

N Moluccas (Halmahera); previously listed also for Ternate, but data unconfirmed#R.

Descriptive notes

30 cm. Medium-sized kingfisher with stout bill. Male has white supraloral spot, supercilium and collar, dark olive-green or black upperparts, green-blue rump, white... read more

Voice

Slow, distinctive “ki...ki...ki...ki”; also 3 loud, descending, maniacal-sounding notes... read more

Habitat

Swamp-forest (sago palm), tall secondary woodland, forest edge, mangroves, and occasionally gardens... read more

Food and feeding

Large arthropods, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and centipedes (Chilopoda), also snakes and lizards. Perches for long periods on a... read more

Breeding

An active nest, found in Sep 2014, was in an arboreal termitarium placed on a Pandanus tree, about 5 m high.... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Maluku EBA. Uncommon, local and little known. Encounter rates on censuses have been too low to permit extrapolation... read more

Recommended citation

Woodall, P.F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Sombre Kingfisher (Todiramphus funebris). 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/55766 on 6 December 2019).