White-mantled Kingfishers

White-mantled Kingfisher (Todiramphus albonotatus)

The White-mantled Kingfishers or New Britain Kingfisher (Todiramphus albonotatus) are endemic to New Britain off Papua New Guinea, where it is widespread but rare.

It inhabits tropical moist lowland forests.


The White-mantled Kingfisher measures 16-18 cm in length, including the tail. It has a black bill. The male’s plumage is mostly white, with blue wings, tail, a turquoise crown, and a thick black stripe through the eye.

The female resembles the male, except she has a blue lower back.


Calls / Vocalizations

Its call is described as a rapid descending “kee-ku-ko-ko” or a trilling “ki-ki-ki-ki-ki“.


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