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Blue-capped Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

hoto © by James Eaton
Picop, Mindanao, Philippines.

Alternative name: Hombron's Kingfisher,
Blue-capped Wood-Kingfisher

Actenoides hombroni


Photo © by Mark Bruce
PICOP, Bislig, Mindanao Island, Philippines, January 2009

27 cm (10½ in)

  • Bright blue cap and moustache
  • Rufous-orange cheeks and underparts
  • Off-white throat
  • Rufous-orange underparts
  • Blue-green upperparts
  • Small buff spots on scapulars and wing-coverts
  • Bright blue rump and tail
  • Bright red bill

Female: drabber cap and moustache, green upperparts, large buff spots.


Forests of Mindanao, southern Philippines.


This is a monotypic species[1].


They have a preference for undisturbed, mossy montane and rainforests, sometimes secondary forests are used.



Their main diet consists of large insects such as grasshoppers, locusts and beetles, including their larvae, with the addition of snails and frogs too.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)

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