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Yellow-billed Kingfisher

Syma torotoro


A smaller sized kingfisher 18-20cm. Underparts pale to white, upper breast and head a distinctive orange/yellow with a black spot on the back of the head. Female (shown here) also has a black patch over the crown. Mantle is a dark turquoise/blue-green. Bill a clear bright yellow with no black.


Found in lowland and hill forest. This female seen on forest edge in Varirata National Park, east of Port Moresby in PNG.


The sub species Syma t. torotoro is endemic to New Guinea.

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triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Desmond. I am sorry I missed your comment at the time but much appreciated.

Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

Huge congrats, what cute little fella'

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you so much for the nomination Ashley.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Jim and thank you Pradeep for your comments. Much appreciated.

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago

Nice one!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 7 years ago

I love kingfishers! Those around here are very shy and hard to approach. Great job with this one, Triggs!

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Ashutosh. I appreciate your comment.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Polilla. The species in this group are some of my favorite kingfishers. Glad you like this one.

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 7 years ago


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Central, Papua New Guinea

Spotted on Aug 4, 2016
Submitted on Sep 17, 2016

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