Collared Kingfisher

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris, Singapore. (Craig Brelsford)

Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris ranges East Africa to Polynesia. Vagrants reach Chinese coast (Jiangsu, Fujian). HABITAT Mangroves and coastal forests. ID Bluish-green above, white below, with distinctive white collar and black eyestripe. Juvenile duller, with dark scaling on breast. BARE PARTS Bill black above, flesh at base. Feet black. VOICE Distinctive, grating shriek, reminiscent of a gull. — Craig Brelsford

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Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis
Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda
Black-capped Kingfisher H. pileata
White-throated Kingfisher H. smyrnensis
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris
Blue-eared Kingfisher Alcedo meninting
Common Kingfisher A. atthis
Blyth’s Kingfisher A. hercules
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca
Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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