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Yellow-billed Kingfisher
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Information
Range New Guinea and the adjacent islands, extending to northern Cape York Peninsula in Australia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Alcedinidae
Halcyoninae
Genus Syma
Species Syma torotoro
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Yellow-billed kingfisher (Syma torotoro), is a species of medium-sized (length 20 cm, wingspan 29 cm, weight 40 g) tree kingfisher in the Alcedinidae family.

Description

Its colouring is distinctive; it has an orange head and neck with a black nape patch and white throat. Adult females also have a black crown patch. The upper mantle is blackish grading to olive green on the back, blue-green on rump and with a blue tail. The upperwing is dull green-blue with dark olive-black flight feathers. The underparts are pale orange-grey. The bill is orange-yellow in adults, dark grey in juveniles.

Distribution and Habitat

The kingfisher is widespread throughout lowland New Guinea and the adjacent islands, extending to northern Cape York Peninsula in Australia. It may be found in rainforest, monsoon forest and along forest edges.

Diet

The kingfisher is known to prey on large insects, earthworms and lizards.

Breeding

The birds nest in an excavated chamber in an arboreal termite nest, laying a clutch of 3-4 white eggs.

Voice

Calls include loud, repeated whistling trills, mainly during the breeding season.

Conservation

With a large range and no evidence of significant decline, the conservation status of this species is assessed as being of Least Concern.

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