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Measuring 21.5-25.5 cm (8.5–10 in), the Forest Kingfisher has blue wings, head and tail with white breast, abdomen and nape. It has a white patch in front of the eyes and a black band stretching from the bill, through the eyes and to the ear coverts. A white patch is visible on the wings in flight. The female is distinguished by a blue rather than white nape. The iris is dark brown and the legs and feet dark grey. Immature birds are duller with a blackish crown. The call is a shrill t-reek, repeated regularly, most often in the early morning
It is found in Indonesia, New Guinea and coastal eastern and northern Australia.
Like many other kingfishers, it hunts invertebrates and small frogs and lizards.