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Photo © by dandsblair
Ambang, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Alternative name: Scaly Kingfisher

Actenoides princeps


24–25 cm (9½-10 in)

  • Blue head
  • Buffish to rufous tinged colour
  • Brown back with buffy scalloping
  • Finely barred pale underparts


Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas.


Photo © by darwin1601
Tomohon, Sulawesi, Indonesia, December 2018


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. p. princeps:
  • Humid montane forests of north-eastern Sulawesi
  • A. p. erythrorhamphus:
  • Humid montane forests of north-western and central Sulawesi
  • A. p. regalis:
  • Humid montane forests of south-eastern Sulawesi


Both primary and secondary hill and montane forests, generally between 900–2000 m, occasionally lower.



Although little detailed information is available, they are known to eat beetles, cicada nymphs and small lizards.


They lay their 4 eggs in an excavated tunnel in an earth bank. There is little other information available.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)

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