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Forest Kingfisher

Forest Kingfisher sitting on a branch in the forest
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Scientific Name: Todiramphus macleayii

Size: 18 to 23 cm

What does it look like?

The Forest Kingfisher is easily identified by its deep, royal blue head and upper-parts and striking white underparts. Male birds have a broad white collar. Birds in eastern Australia are more turquoise and have a smaller white wing spot. A harsh repetitive ‘t’ reek t’ reek’ can be heard throughout the breeding season. August to December. 

Where is it found?

This species occurs in a broad coastal and near inland band from the Kimberleys, Western Australia through Queensland to Taree, New South Wales. It is more common in the north. 

What are its habitats & habits?

The Forest Kingfisher is found in woodlands and open forests, and are usually seen sitting motionless on an open branch or telegraph wire.

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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