The Forest Kingfisher has a dark royal blue head with pale turquoise on the back.There is a large white spot over the bill. The underparts are white.The male has a white collar which the female lacks. In flight there is a prominent white wing patch.
There is a broad black eyestrip extending from the bill to the eye coverts. The tail is royal blue above and below is black to dusky grey. The long, straight bill is black and the lower mandible ('jaw'), which is long and upturned, has a pinkish contrasting strip along the bottom. The eyes are dark brown. The legs and feet are dark brown or dark grey.The eastern race incinctus has a greener back with a smaller white wingspot.
The Forest Kingfisher is essentially a tropical and subtropical kingfisher. I spotted this one on power lines above a narrow country road in the New South Wales Tweed Valley.
The Forest Kingfisher is also known as Macleay's, Blue or Bush Kingfisher.
(**Information from Birds In Backyards**)
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