8 inches. Adults have brown or white backs, brown wings and tail and a very weak collar. The beak is black and powerful.
Category: Endemic Birds
Primary and secondary forests less than 300 meters high.
Warn visitors who cross its territory during the breeding season by a long and very loud “ki-ki-ki-ki-ki …”. Sometimes emits “kark, kark, kark …” isolated and successive. No difference noted with the Tahiti Kingfisher.
To listen the Moorea Kingfisher:
No detailed studies but probably the same as for the Tahiti Kingfisher: insects caught flying, on land or on trees, small lizards, molluscs, even prawn and small fish.
Not very well known but digs nests in trunks like those of Neonauclea fosteri. Nest preparation observed at the end of November.
Scientific Name: Todiramphus youngi (Sharpe, 1892)
Ruro, ruru, ruru moetua, putu (Tahiti)
Awaiting the decision of the French Polynesia authorities for the classification of the species in the list of species protected by the territorial regulations, in the same way as the Tahiti Kingfisher.
L’espèce est classée “Quasi menacé” (NT) sur la liste rouge de l’UICN.