Forest Kingfisher in Ormiston Gorge Nat'l Park?

To: "David E. Quady" <>
Subject: Forest Kingfisher in Ormiston Gorge Nat'l Park?
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 22:26:50 +1100
"David E. Quady" wrote:

> The bird was steely blue above, with prominent white loral spots.  Its
> underparts were white.  I recall that it was a male (with white
> hindcollar), although I didn't specifically make a note of this point at
> the time.  It once uttered a four-note "kek-kek-kek-kek" call.  In flight,
> seen from above, I did not note any white wingspots -- and in the view I
> had, I believe I would have seen them had they been present.

Hi David

I think the issue of range is not such an issue here.  Your description
sounds like a reasonably good one of a Sacred Kingfisher.  SCs can be very
"blue & white" on occasions - I've seen a few in northern Victoria that
superficially resemble FKs.  The loral spot on SKs is sometimes whitish
rather than buff.  The absence of wingspots on your bird is significant.
The call is the other key - "kek-kek......" is classic Sacred K.

Keep enjoying your birding!


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