Harman Patil

Mewing kingfisher

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Halcyoninae
Scientific name  Todiramphus ruficollaris
Higher classification  Todiramphus
Order  Coraciiformes
Family  Alcedinidae
Genus  Todiramphus
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
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Conservation status  Vulnerable (Population stable)
Similar  Chattering kingfisher, Marquesan kingfisher, Vanuatu kingfisher, Talaud kingfisher, Flat‑billed kingfisher

The mewing kingfisher or Mangaia kingfisher (Todiramphus ruficollaris), known locally as the tanga‘eo, is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae, or kingfisher family. It is endemic to Mangaia in the Cook Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and plantations.

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Description

The mewing kingfisher is 22 cm in length, with a large head and large black bill. Similar to some other Todiramphus kingfishers, it has blue-green upper-parts, with a yellow-orange collar and head-band, and a blue-green cap. The under-parts are white.

Conservation

It is threatened by habitat loss and by disturbance by introduced common mynas at its nesting hollows. The Taporoporo'anga Ipukarea Society, BirdLife International's partner organisation in the Cook Islands, has proposed a program to eradicate the mynas from Mangaia.

References

Mewing kingfisher Wikipedia


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