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Tahiti Kingfisher

TAHITI KINGFISHER

Photo Thierry Zysman


APPEARANCE AND IDENTIFICATION
Martin chasseur vénéré© Alain Petit

Martin chasseur vénéré_mâle ©Alain Petit

7 inches. Male and female have different plumage. The male has the top of the brown body with green reflections while the female is brown. The throat and belly are white. The chest is crossed with a brown collar with red for the male and brownish for the females. The beak is black and powerful.

Order: Coraciiformes

Family: Alcedinidae

Category: Endemic Birds


LOCATION

Tahiti (Society).


CHARACTERISTICS

Purau forests (Hibiscus tiliaceus) but also in the valleys of less than 700 meters high, mara (Neonauclea forsteri) and tiairi (Aleurites moluccana). Absent from coconut groves.

Martin-chasseur vénéré©Mikaël Tréguier

Martin-chasseur vénéré©Mikaël Tréguier

Warns visitors that pass through its territory during the breeding season by a long “ki-ki-ki-ki-ki …” very loud sound. Sometimes pushes an isolated and successive “kark, kark, kark …’’.

To listen the Tahiti Kingfisher:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Todiramphus-veneratus

Insects caught in flight, on land or trees. Small lizards, molluscs, shrimp and even small fish.

From September to January. Territorial bird that nests in hollow trunk such as purau or mape (Inocarpus fagiferus) between 4 and 13 meters above the ground. The nests’ entry measures 4 to 6 cm in diameter. The eggs are dull white. They are very round and measure 26 x 23 mm. Two to three eggs are laid between September and November and incubated for 20-25 days. Young birds are raised from 25 to 30 days in the nest. If nesting fails, there is no re-nesting.

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

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/459534
http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=D42C7863B3315597
http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/martin-chasseur.venere.html
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/tahiti-kingfisher-todiramphus-veneratus
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/tahiti-kingfisher-todiramphus-veneratus
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22726919/94935775

NAMES

Scientific Name: Todiramphus veneratus (Gmelin, 1788)

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

LOCATION
  • Society (Tahiti)

STATUS AND PROTECTION

The species is listed in category A of the list of species protected by the territorial regulations of French Polynesia.
The species is still common in Tahiti and is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.