Collared Kingfisher

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

Range of Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris extends from East Africa to Polynesia, but only vagrants reach Chinese coast (Jiangsu, Fujian). Common in mangroves and coastal forests. Bluish-green above, white below, with distinctive white collar and black eyestripe. Bill black above, flesh at base below. Juvenile duller, with dark scaling on breast. Feet black. Distinctive, grating shriek, reminiscent of a gull. — Craig Brelsford


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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