Red-backed Kingfisher (species: Todiramphus (Todiramphus) pyrrhopygius) in Queensland Central Highlands (Gaia Guide)
Todiramphus (Todiramphus) pyrrhopygius
Red-backed Kingfisher

©Tom Tarrant: Bedraggled female Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus (Todiramphus) pyrrhopygius)

©Malcolm Tattersall: Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus (Todiramphus) pyrrhopygius)

©Robert Whyte: Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus (Todiramphus) pyrrhopygius)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Alcedinidae
Genus Todiramphus
Species Todiramphus (Todiramphus) pyrrhopygius
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a streaked green and white crown, bluish-green wings and tail, and lower back, rump and upper tail coverts chestnut with white breast, abdomen and nape. It has a black band stretching from the bill, through the eyes and to the ear coverts. The female is duller overall in coloration. The iris is dark brown and the legs and feet dark grey. Immature birds have speckling on their breasts. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 22.5 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to most of Australia. It is a summer visitor to the southeast of the country; elsewhere it is resident all year round. It inhabits dry forests, mulga and mallee country, to savannah. It avoids denser forests. During breeding season, birds will move to river courses to make use of the earthy banks to dig nesting burrows. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Recorded at Bowra Station, near Cunnamulla, Queensland in Australia

© Marc Anderson

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