Collared Kingfisher

Todiramphus chloris teraokai

Order

CORACIIFORMES

Family

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

TODCHL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Collared Kingfisher has a large breeding range of nearly 4 million square kilometers. This common kingfisher species is a resident of wetland habitats from the Sunderbans south and east to Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, some coastal areas of New Guinea and northern Australia, and several islands in the South Pacific. It can use a wide variety of wetland habitats and is believed to have a large, stable population. For this reason, it has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Collared Kingfisher: Medium kingfisher with blue back, wings, and tail, white underparts and collar, brown-blue crown, white lores, and black mask. Large, black-gray bill with pink-buff base has slightly upcurved mandible. Medium tail. Female like male but slightly duller blue plumage. Juvenile has black collar and some black scaling on breast.


Range and Habitat

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Collared Kingfisher SONGS AND CALLS

Collared Kingfisher E1

Song is a loud repeated "kee-kee-kee".

Collared Kingfisher E2

Flight call is a "chup-weee".

Similar Sounding

Micronesian Kingfisher PCS1

Harsh alarm calls.


Voice Text

"kee-kee-kee", "chup-weee", "kee-yek", "kee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Collared Kingfisher is medium-sized tree kingfishers, and may also be known as White-collared Kingfisher or Mangrove Kingfisher.
  • These birds are known to be very aggressive, both towards their own species, and also towards other kingfisher species. This kingfisher is the most common kingfisher in Singapore, and it is thought that the decline of White-throated Kingfishers may be due to the spread of Collared Kingfishers.
  • This bird can perch motionless over long periods to await prey. When large prey is caught, this bird will pound it against tree branches until it is subdued.
  • A group of kingfishers is collectively known as a "concentration" and a "realm" of kingfishers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X