Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday: Sacred Kingfisher

The Sacred Kingfisher is a medium sized kingfisher. It has a turquoise back, turquoise blue rump and tail, buff-white underparts and a broad cream collar. There is a broad black eye stripe extending from bill to nape of neck.
Both sexes are similar, although the female is generally lighter with duller upper parts. Young birds are similar to the female, but have varying amounts of rusty-brown edging to feathers on the collar and underparts, and buff edges on the wing coverts.


The Sacred Kingfisher is common and familiar throughout the coastal regions of mainland Australia and less common throughout Tasmania. The species is also found on islands from Australasia to Indonesia and New Zealand.

The Sacred Kingfisher inhabits woodlands, mangroves and paperbark forests, tall open eucalypt forests and melaleuca forests.

Info from: Birds In Backyards



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25 comments:

ladyfi said...

Wow - what a gorgeous bird! Great shots.

Graham Edwards said...

I had them nesting in the bank behind The Cottage in New Zealand. They are beautiful.

Anu said...

Great photos of the Sacred Kingfisher! It’s turquoise color is wonderful.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh the Sacred Kingfisher, how wonderful. Well taken Liz.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful Kingfisher and awesome photos. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

Wandering Wren said...

The Kingfisher is so beautiful up close... thank you!
Wren x

Jarek said...

What a beautiful bird! Great shots.

Lea said...


Great photos of a beautiful bird!

Helen said...

I love spotting these birds, but it doesn't happen very often.

Pauline W said...

I'm always cursing the number of overhead wires around here but one of their benefits is the little kingfishers which often perch on them. Are they simply beautiful?

Brian King said...

What a gorgeous bird! Beautiful photos, Liz!

Lisa Gordon said...

Liz, he is absolutely beautiful, and these images are really wonderful. I love that little beak. :-)

LOLfromPasa said...

Aw...this one is on my list. I have never seen one but I am told they are about. Love you shots.

Stewart M said...

Wonderful little bird.

We had a great time at Flinders - not an area I know well at all, I have spent far more time on the other side of the bay.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Chris Rohrer said...

Love the name! Congrats on the close ups. This species of bird can be very tricky for photos!

Linda said...

Gorgeous and captivating series. Thank you so much for sharing.

TexWisGirl said...

how gorgeous is he!

jandi said...

Great shots! I love kingfishers but they are so difficult to photograph!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Liz, what a beautiful Kingfisher. Awesome shots.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Frank Boxell said...

Wonderful. What a beautiful species.

Cath said...

Absolutely stunning! I am just gobsmacked by the detail in your photography! Although we saw them all the time in Brisbane, we haven't yet seen one in Tas.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Beautiful birdie, Liz!
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Marie C said...

He's wonderful! Great shots!

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful bird!

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

Lovely shots!

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