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Rusty-capped Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Palau Kingfisher

Todiramphus pelewensis


20 cm. A rather small Kingfisher.

  • Orange-rufous cap
  • Black eyestripe extending as thin line across nape
  • Broat white collar on neck
  • Dark blue-green back, rump and wings
  • White neck and underparts
  • Blackish-brown tail with broad green-blue outer fringes
  • Greyish black bill with horn-coloured base of lower mandible
  • Black legs and feet

Sexes similar. Juveniles show a pale rufous throat and a buff belly.


Endemic to Palau Islands (Babeldaop south to Peleliu).
A restricted-range species, still rather common on larger islands.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Pohnpei Kingfisher and Guam Kingfisher under the name Micronesian Kingfisher.


Forests, mangrove swamps, large gardens, coconut palms and woodland in general.



Feeds on insects. Takes also skinks and geckos.
Perches on a low branch or wire, looking out for prey.




Probably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.4). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)
  4. Birdforum thread discussing this taxon both from taxonomic and identification angles

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