Mangrove Kingfisher

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Subject: Mangrove Kingfisher
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:56:29 +1030
G'day guys
The bird photographed in Tom's garden is certainly a Sacred Kingfisher, not a 
Collared (formerly named as Mangrove in Aust). 
The spot before the eye in Collared KF is always whiter than Sacred, & like 
Greg says, usually appears as a spot rather than a patch thinning toward the 
eye & therefore forming a brow. The bird photographed to my mind is a classic 
freshly-plumaged adult Sacred KF.
Other features to help rule out Collared from Sacred include, amongst others, 
non-clean white breast/underparts (too buffy & black-edged for Collared) & 
peacock blue upperparts (Collared would have, in males & even less-so in 
females, peacock blue wings but not so much on back/mantle). From my 
observations up here in Cairns I find that at this time of year the arriving 
Sacreds look like this individual photographed, wheres the Collareds which are 
resident here, don't go through such a dramatic change in plumage appearance & 
just look pretty similar to how they usually look all year, compared to 
Sacreds. Much greater bill length/proportion, together with much larger size, 
much greener & cleaner-white underparts (plus lores) helps to sort out the 
Collareds from the Sacreds up here. Then the calls are very different as well. 
I hope that this helps a little.
Martin Cachard
0428 782 808

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> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:10:42 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mangrove Kingfisher
> Hi Tom,
> Looks like a Sacred Kingfisher to me, especially with the distinct eyebrow. 
> The Collared (Mangrove) Kingfisher has a spot on the lores rather than an 
> eyebrow. I would be interested in the views of others on the list.
> Regards
> Greg Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding Guide
> Coutts Crossing NSW

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