Collared Kingfisher

Todiramphus chloris teraokai




Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:


Number of Eggs:

2 - 7

Incubation Days:


Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

Nest is built in the hole of a tree, termite mound or burrow.

Nest Material:

No nesting materials are used.


Most do not migrate



Collared Kingfisher: Medium kingfisher with bright blue back, wings, and tail, snow white underparts and collar, brown-blue crown, white lores, and black mask extending back to nape. Large, black-gray bill with pink-buff base has slightly upcurved mandible. Medium tail, short pink-brown legs and feet. Feeds on small fish, crabs, lizards, insects, and nestlings of other bird species.

Breeding and Nesting

Collared Kingfisher: Two to seven, round, buff-white eggs are laid on the bare floor of nest cavity. The nest cavity can be a hole in a tree, termite mound, or burrow in an embankment. No nest materials are used. Incubation is first carried out by the female and then then the male. Incubation time is unknown.

Foraging and Feeding

Collared Kingfisher: Feeds on small fish, crabs, lizards, insects, and nestlings of other bird species. Forages by perching on a branch three to six feet above the ground and flying down to catch prey from the ground. Will also fly up from perch to take insects in flight, and plunge dives for fish after hovering over the water.


Collared Kingfisher: Common calls are "kee" or a harsh "kee-yak." Flight call is "chup-weee." Song is a loud, ringing "kee-kee-kee."

Similar Species

Collared Kingfisher: Micronesian Kingfisher is smaller, has rufous orange crown and a thinner eye line. Ruddy Kingfisher is orange and rufous, with a bright red bill.


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

Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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