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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Collared Kingfisher)

BirdLife International. (2019). Todiramphus chloris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.