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Sacred Kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus


The Sacred Kingfisher is a medium sized kingfisher. It has a turquoise back, turquoise blue rump and tail, buff-white underparts and a broad cream collar. There is a broad black eye stripe extending from bill to nape of neck. Both sexes are similar, although the female is generally lighter with duller upper parts. Young birds are similar to the female, but have varying amounts of rusty-brown edging to feathers on the collar and underparts, and buff edges on the wing coverts.


The Sacred Kingfisher is common and familiar throughout the coastal regions of mainland Australia and less common throughout Tasmania. The species is also found on islands from Australasia to Indonesia and New Zealand.The Sacred Kingfisher inhabits woodlands, mangroves and paperbark forests, tall open eucalypt forest and melaleuca forest.


I had seen this guy for a few days catching insects outside the house but unfortunately he collided with the window one evening and died shortly afterward.

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ShannaB 8 years ago

Oh no, poor thing! He was beautiful! (I'd be traumatised if that happened to me, I reckon!)

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to find that for me Daniele! Very much appreciated :) It was at my cousins farm so i'll have to print this list out for them to avoid losing anymore.

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Alice, here are some tricks from Maybe a few bird stickers spread on the window surface will help?

"How can I stop birds attacking my windows?

Generally birds attack their reflection in a window during their breeding season. They are seeing another bird encroaching on their territory and they want it gone! In some cases the behaviour can get very extreme, with the bird attacking the reflection for most of the day. Not only can it drive you crazy, but when it becomes obsessive, it is bad for the birds too.

In most instances, the birds will simply do it a couple of times and move on, but if it is persistent then you need to remove the trigger for the behaviour – the reflection. You can try:

Cling wrap or cellophane on the outside of the window
A bird silhouette (like a hawk or owl) stuck on the window
A rubber snake in front (remember to move it)
A CD or other mobile hanging in front of the window
Soaping or dirtying the outside of the window"

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

I think i've heard that too but unfortunately the windowed area is very large. Just have to hope it doesn't happen again

keithp2012 8 years ago

I heard putting a mirror on your window stops them from colliding as they see there reflection and won't go to it

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Just a shame he ran into the window & i didn't get any photos when he was alive

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks for your help IDing him Daniele!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Hi Alice! My Simpson and Day field guide shows the juvenile sacred kingfisher not with a full white collar but with yellow/brown on the nape. I you saw the breast it would have been a scalloped brown and buff. Hope this helps!

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Feb 27, 2013
Submitted on Feb 27, 2013

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