Great-billed Kingfishers or Black-billed Kingfishers

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“Great-billed Kingfisher”, North Sulawesi / Tangkoko N.P. - (Photo submitted 9/16/2013)


Great-billed Kingfisher or Black-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis melanorhyncha)Overview ... Alternate (Global) Names

Subspecies, Ranges and ID ... Diet / Feeding


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

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.


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 the Maluku Island.)
  • Pelargopsis melanorhyncha eutreptorhyncha (Hartert, 1898)
    • Range: Sula Islands in North Maluku (east of Sulawesi) in Indonesia

Diet / Feeding

Their diet is diverse; they will hunt and eat fish; and may take frogs and other amphibians, annelid worms, molluscs, insects, spiders, centipedes, reptiles and potentially other small birds and mammals.


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


Great-billed Kingfisher or Black-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis melanorhyncha) Great-billed Kingfisher or Black-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis melanorhyncha)

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson



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