French: Martin-chasseur torotoro German: Gelbschnabelliest Spanish: Alción torotoro
Other common names:
Lesser Yellow-billed Kingfisher
Manokwari, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
S. t. torotoro
Lesson, 1827 – W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Misool), lowland New Guinea, Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay) and Aru Is.
S. t. ochracea
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – D’Entrecasteaux Is.
S. t. flavirostris
(Gould, 1850) – Cape York Peninsula (S to Weipa and Massy Creek), in NE Australia.
20 cm; male 32–50 g, female 30–52 g. Distinctive small kingfisher with yellow bill; often holds crown feathers raised. Male of nominate race has rufous head,... read more
Loud, clear, short trill lasting 1–2 seconds, descending slightly and ending abruptly, or... read more
Primary and secondary rainforest, monsoon, gallery, vine and mangrove forest, mature teak and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantids (Mantodea), cicadas (Cicadidae), butterflies, dragonflies (... read more
Lays in Nov–Jan in Cape York Peninsula; probably in Aug–Mar in Papua New Guinea. Much singing and aggression at start of... read more
Sedentary; all 24 recoveries of ringed birds were less than 10 km from ringing site; in Papua New... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed and quite common, particularly at lower altitudes. Occurs in Varirata National Park, in Papua New Guinea. Density near Port... read more
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