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Yellow-billed Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo by AdamRiley
Varirata National Park, New Guinea
Syma torotoro



  • Orange head and neck
  • Black nape patch
  • White throat
  • Black upper mantle
  • Olive green back
  • Greenish-blue upperwing with dark olive-black flight feathers
Subspecies flavirostris
Photo by Douglas Bolt
Northern Queensland, Australia, September 2002
  • Bluish-green rump
  • Light orangey-grey underparts
  • Blue tail
  • Orangey-yellow bill in adults, dark grey in juveniles

Adult females have black crown patch


New Guinea and Australia.



  • S. t. torotoro:
  • Lowlands of New Guinea, western Papuan Islands, Yapen Islad and Aru Island
  • S. t. flavirostris:
  • Cape York Peninsula of north-eastern Australia (south to Weipa and Massy Creek)
  • S. t. ochracea:
  • D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago


Rainforest, monsoon, mangrove and gallery forests and forest edges.



The diet includes large insects, which includes beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies and dragonflies. Also earthworms and lizards.


They nest in an excavated chamber in a termite nest. The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
  3. Wikipedia

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