Collared Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Todiramphus chloris
Malay Name: Pekaka Bakau Biasa
Chinese Name: 白领翡翠

Found from northeast Africa, Middle East, India, Southeast Asia to northern Australia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: abyssinicus, kalbaensis, vidali, davisoni, occipitalis, humii, armstrongi, laubmannianus, chloropterus, azelus, palmeri, collaris, chloris, teraokai.

Local Subspecies: humii

Size: 24-26 cm

Adult has rich blue upperparts, distinctive white collar and underparts and black bill with pale pinkish-white lower mandible. Juvenile resembles adult but has duller/greener-tinged upperparts and dark vermiculations on collar and breast.

Habitat: Waterbodies in or near forests edge, parks, gardens, open woodlands, grasslands and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on fish, lizards, insects, and small amphibians.

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bidadari, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris Park, Sungei Buloh, Pulau Ubin and any patch of suitable habitat.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2019). Todiramphus chloris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.