Micronesian Kingfisher (Palau)

Todiramphus cinnamominus pelewensis

Order

CORACIIFORMES

Family

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

TODCIN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Micronesian Kingfisher has a very small range encompassed by the islands of Palau, Guam, and Pohnpei. It has become extinct on Guam and appears to be rare in the other parts of its small range. On Palau, the Micronesian Kingfisher occurs in mangrove and a variety of forest habitats. Deforestation has resulted in population declines of this species on Palau. Although the population size of this species is unknown, it is believed to be fairly small, and has been given a conservation rating of Near Threatened.

SUMMARY

Overview

Micronesian Kingfisher (Palau): The Palau subspecies, Rusty-capped Kingisher is a small to medium kingfisher with orange-buff crown, green-blue back, wings, and tail, white collar and underparts. Black mask goes back to nape in thin line. Medium wings and narrow, rectangular tail. Heavy bill black-gray above, pink-brown below, slightly upturned mandible. Female and juveniles like male but paler crown.


Range and Habitat

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Micronesian Kingfisher (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Micronesian Kingfisher PCS1

Series of harsh alarm calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"schee-schee-schee-kree-ee-ek, kree-ee-ek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The calls of the Micronesian Kingfisher vary depending on their island of origin. On the island of Palau they make a quiet, chattering "che-che-che, che-kreek, kreek, kreek".
  • The Guam Kingfisher, a recognized subspecies, is in a captive breeding program. Due to the introduction of the brown tree snake, this bird became extinct in the wild.
  • The Palauan name of these birds is "Cherosech" or "Ongelimadech."
  • A group of kingfishers is collectively known as a "concentration" and a "realm" of kingfishers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

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.

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.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X