Vanuatu kingfisher ID assistance sought

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Subject: Vanuatu kingfisher ID assistance sought
From: "david milson" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:37:44 +1000
I sent this to a birdo mate in Vanuatu, below is his reply.
David Milson.

Hey Bro,

Will let you pass along this message as I am not sure where it is supposed to 

The photo was clear enough to id the kingfisher as the Collared.  According to 
Doughty in Birds of The Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, the Collared KF is 
highly variable with up to 12 subspecies in the region.  Guy Dutson in Birds of 
Melanesia says one of the main differences is the lack of the supercilium.  In 
the photo, the supercilium is clearly buff colored which is a common colour 
here in the Collared KF.

So there you have my humble opinion based on the books. :)


> -----Original Message----- From: Scottie
> Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:49 AM
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Vanuatu kingfisher ID assistance sought
> 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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