|Forest Kingfisher Todiramphus
The Forest Kingfisher is distributed in northwestern Australia and in north-eastern Australia from Cape York to just north of Sydney, NSW. It is found in a variety of wooded habitats and it is often seen perched on a branch or wire ready to plunge down on its prey of caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders and small reptiles.
|The male, seen in photo 2 has
a white hind collar which is lacking in the female, photo 1. The
immature in photo 3 shows buff on the loral spot, breast and
flanks while the crown and wing coverts have buff edgings.
The most common nest site is a burrow built into a tree termite nest and they have been observed flying at a termite nest head on to open up the hole which they then excavate using their bills as picks.
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