Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

The following is a photograph of a Sacred Kingfisher banded at Broome in September 1992.

Sacred Kingfishers are migratory in the south returning in early spring and leaving in autumn.  In the north they are resident, but they are more common in the wet season.  A few Sacred Kingfishers over winter in the south, especially on Rottnest Island.  We saw one on Cartier Island near Ashmore Reef in October 1997 which was passing through.

They nest by excavating hollows in trees or termite mounds.

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2003 Visits Last Modified 5th June 2003