Great-billed Kingfishers or Black-billed Kingfishers

Great-billed Kingfishers or Black-billed Kingfishers

The Great-billed Kingfishers or Black-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis melanorhyncha) is a tree kingfisher that is endemic to Indonesia, where they inhabit subtropical and tropical mangrove forests.

Great-billed Kingfishers Perched on Tree
Great-billed Kingfishers Perched on Tree

English: Black-billed Kingfisher, Black-billed Kingfisher, Great-billed Kingfisher

Despite their large range, these birds are generally sparse and only locally common. It is believed that their numbers are going down owing to habitat destruction.

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Subspecies and Ranges:

  • Great-billed Kingfisher. Black-billed Kingfisher or Celebes Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis melanorhyncha melanorhyncha – Temminck, 1826) – Nominate Form
    • Range: Sulawesi and associated islands (Bangka, Manadotua, Lembeh, Togian Is, Dodepo, Wowoni, Kabaena, Muna, Butung, Labuandata, Salayar).
  • Pelargopsis melanorhyncha dichrorhyncha (A. B. Meyer and Wiglesworth, 1896)
    • Range: Peleng Island and Banggai Islands (off Sulawesi situated between Borneo and Maluku Island.)
  • Pelargopsis melanorhyncha eutreptorhyncha (Hartert, 1898)
    • Range: Sula Islands in North Maluku (east of Sulawesi) in Indonesia

Diet / Feeding

The Great-billed Kingfishers diet is diverse; they will hunt and eat fish; and may take frogs and other amphibians, annelid worms, mollusks, insects, spiders, centipedes, reptiles, and potentially other small birds and mammals.

Great-billed Kingfishers on Green Tree
Great-billed Kingfishers on Green Tree

Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ???? … Czech: Lednácek cernozobý, led?á?ek ?ernozobý … Danish: Grårygget Storkenæbsisfugl … Dutch: Grootsnavelijsvogel, Grootsnavel-ijsvogel … Estonian: pugal-safiirlind … Finnish: mustanokkakalastaja, Mustavatsakalastaja … French: Martin-chasseur à bec noir … German: Schwarzschnabelgurial, Schwarzschnabelliest, Schwazschnabelliest
Indonesian: Bonkaka, Pekaka Bua-bua, Raja udang perut hitam … Italian: Martin pescatore becconero … Japanese: serebesukouhashishoubin … Norwegian: Sotvingeisfugl … Polish: lowiec czarnodzioby, ?owiec czarnodzioby … Russian: ??????????? ?????? … Slovak: rybárikovec ?iernozobý … Spanish: Alción de Pico Grande, Alción Piquinegro … Swedish: Gråryggad kungsfiskare

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