Vanuatu kingfisher ID assistance sought

To: Scottie <>
Subject: Vanuatu kingfisher ID assistance sought
From: Steve Clark <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:48:47 +1100
G'day Scottie

No books here at work but according to The Handbook of the Birds of the
World online (www.hbw,com) there are only two possibilities.

Chestnut-bellied Kingfisher (*Todiramphis farquhari*) is restricted to
forests on Espiritu Santo, Malo and Malakula islands.  It has no
supercilium, a white throat and the rest of the underparts uniform

Your bird is Collared Kingfisher- probably *Todiramphus chloris santoensis*.
Unlike the Australian birds some of the Pacific island forms have this
reddish supercilium and wash to the breast and belly.


On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 9:49 AM, Scottie <> wrote:

> While on a small island off Espiritu Santo last week I saw quite a few
> kingfishers that confused me. Any help on ID would be appreciated.
> A rather poor pic is at
> I hope the photo is good enough and Dropbox doesn't do a go-slow.
> Thanks in advance
> Peter Scott
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