Forest Kingfisher

Forest Kingfisher perched motionless on a branch.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 does it live? 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 and habits? Forest Kingfishers are found in woodlands and open forests, and are usually seen sitting motionless on an open branch or telegraph wire.

Scientific name: Todiramphus macleayii

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