Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Information for Forest kingfisher - Todiramphus macleayii

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Forest kingfisher
Todiramphus macleayii

Found in along the coast between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, you will often spot these fishers, near a river close to the coast.


Forest kingfisher - Todiramphus macleayii - Photo by Alex Pawlow


They will wait on a branch till they spot prey (usually insects, spiders, worms or small frogs and lizards), and then fly down to seize it. If required, they may fly back to a branch and hit the victim against the branch to kill it.

The Forest kingfisher has a blue head and wings with the remainder of the body being an off white. Just behind its bill is a white patch before the blue of its head.

The female has a blue nape, with the male's white.

The breeding season is between October and January, and they will build a nest within a termite nest in a tree.

Also known as the Macleay's, tree or blue kingfisher