Photo Thierry Zysman
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.
Category: Endemic Birds
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.
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:
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.
Scientific Name: Todiramphus veneratus (Gmelin, 1788)
Ruro, ruru, ruru moetua, putu (Tahiti)
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.