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Moorea Kingfisher

MOOREA KINGFISHER
Martin-chasseur de Young ©Roberto Luta

Martin-chasseur de Young © Robert Luta


APPEARANCE AND IDENTIFICATION
Martin-chasseur de Young -Photo Roberto Luta

Martin-chasseur de Young © Robert Luta

8 inches.  Adults have brown or white backs, brown wings and tail and a very weak collar. The beak is black and powerful.

Order: Coraciiformes

Family: Alcedinidae

Category: Endemic Birds


LOCATION

Moorea (Society).


CHARACTERISTICS

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:
https://www.xeno-canto.org/explore?query=todiramphus+veneratus+youngi

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.

Texts from : http://www.hbw.com/species/moorea-kingfisher-todiramphus-youngi

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/778889
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/moorea-kingfisher-todiramphus-youngi
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/moorea-kingfisher-todiramphus-youngi
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22726929/94935951

NAMES

Scientific Name: Todiramphus youngi (Sharpe, 1892)

Polynesian Names:
Ruro, ruru, ruru moetua, putu (Tahiti)

LOCATION
  • Society (Moorea)

STATUS AND PROTECTION

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.