French: Martin-chasseur oreillard German: Blauohrliest Spanish: Martín cazador de Célebes
Other common names:
Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher, Lilac Kingfisher (when lumped with C. sanghirensis)
Sumatra; error = Sulawesi
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. cyanotis
(Temminck, 1824) – N Sulawesi and Lembeh I.
C. c. modesta
Stresemann, 1938 – SC & SE Sulawesi.
28 cm. Distinctive, large forest kingfisher with brown crown, nape and back, purple-blue mask and upperwing-coverts, reddish-brown graduated tail. Male nominate race has pale... read more
Very rapid “ku-ku-ku-ku”, repeated every few minutes; 3–4 descending, fairly high... read more
Primary and tall secondary lowland forest and drier hill forest, including small remnants and... read more
Food and feeding
Large insects, including mantises (Mantodea), cicadas (Cicadidae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), leafhoppers (Cicadelloidea), and beetles (... read more
Little known. In mid-Oct, pair seen in forest at dawn, presumed male apparently displaying from horizontal perch 2 m above ground, slowly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Patchily distributed and generally uncommon in Sulawesi, but moderately common in N; relatively... read more
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