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Chattering Kingfisher

CHATTERING KINGFISHER

Photo Jean-François Butaud


APPEARANCE AND IDENTIFICATION
Martin chasseur respecté_Raiatea©Alain Petit

Martin chasseur respecté_Raiatea©Alain Petit

8 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. A grey-black line topped with a white stripe runs from the forehead to the nape. The cap is green. The neck, chest and belly are creamy white. The back and wings are bluish green. Its beak is strong, black except the underside which has the colour of the flesh.

Order: Coraciiformes

Family: Alcedinidae

Category: Endemic Birds


LOCATION

Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti. It also would live in Tahiti where it was said to be present but rare. Cook Islands (Atiu and Mauke). It disappeared from Tupai.


CHARACTERISTICS

Forests, coconut groves, gardens and especially down in the valley up to 450 m or higher in Tahiti.

The normal call is made from a series of “ki-ki-ki …”. The alarm call is strong with piercing notes “kss, chri, scrii”.

To listen the Chattering Kingfisher:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Todiramphus-tutus

Insects, lizards, snails and small prawns caught on the lookout.

Nests in a hole dug in an old purau (Hibiscus tiliaceus) or in dead tree trunks, 5-10 m high. Two eggs are laid (25 x 22 mm), of a dull white. Very little is known about its reproduction, it seems that sexual activity occurs from November to January.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/459533
http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=60C7E1180FA7212E
http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/martin-chasseur.respecte.html
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/chattering-kingfisher-todiramphus-tutus
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/chattering-kingfisher-todiramphus-tutus
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22683479/132055519

NAMES

Scientific Name: Todiramphus tutus (Gmelin, 1788)

Polynesian Names:
‘Otatare (Society)

LOCATION
  • Leeward Islands (Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora-Bora, Maupiti)
  • Windward Islands
  • Cook (Atiu et Mauke)

STATUS AND PROTECTION

Species difficult to find but always present, at least in the Leeward Islands. It has disappeared from the atoll of Tupai.

The species is listed in category A of the list of species protected by the territorial regulations of French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List but “Near Threatened” (NT) on the UICN Red List 2015 France and Polynesia.