Species Index

Todiramphus sanctus
(Vigors & Horsefield, 1827)

Common Name: Sacred Kingfisher

Distribution: Ranges across mainland Australia and Tasmania. The Sacred Kingfisher is also found on islands from Australasia to Indonesia and New Zealand.

Ecological Notes: The Sacred Kingfisher occupies open dry woodlands and forests, occasionally in urban parks. It forages mainly on the land, only sporadically capturing prey in the water. Prey items include insects, crustaceans, reptiles and infrequently, fish.

Additional Notes: Sacred Kingfishers perch on low exposed branches when foraging for prey. Once prey is located, the bird swoops down and grasps it in its bill, returning to the perch to eat it.

References: Atlas of Living Australia website at Sacred Kingfisher Accessed 29 July 2020.
eBird at Accessed 24 July 2023.
Wikipedia. “Sacred Kingffisher.” Last modified 28 July 2020.