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Alternative name: Spotted Wood Kingfisher

Subspecies moseleyi
Photo by Leif G
Mt Kanlaon, Negros, Philippines, January 2007
Actenoides lindsayi


26 cm (10.25 in)
Unmistakeable in range, only similar Wood-kingfisher is Blue-capped which only occurs in Mindanao. The male Spotted has a clear green cap, which can appear brownish, rufous lores, pale blue supercilium and moustache, and black-eye stripe. The subspecies moseleyi is darker and browner above. The female has a green supercilium and moustache.

Photo by Romy Ocon
Mt Makiling, Laguna Province, Philippines, May 2006


Philippines. Only occurs in Luzon (main range) and Negros and Panay.



There are two subspecies[1]:

  • A. l. lindsayi
  • Luzon, Marinduque and Catanduanes (N Philippines)
  • A. l. moseleyi
  • Panay and Negros (C Philippines)


Moist lowland forests.


Perches motionless in lowland forest. Only calls pre-dawn or at first light where is very noisy with 3 distinct calls.


Feeds low down in the forest, catching insects, beetles and snails, and some small vertebrates.


Very little information is available, but thought to breed from March through May, excavating a nest hole in an arboreal termite nest.


  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

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