The Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro) is a medium-sized (length 20 cm, wingspan 29 cm, weight 40 g) tree kingfisher. Colouring is distinctive: orange head and neck with black nape patch and white throat. Adult females also have black crown patch. Upper mantle blackish grading to olive green on back, blue-green on rump and blue tail. Upperwing dull green-blue with flight feathers dark olive-black. Underparts pale orange-grey. Bill orange-yellow in adults, dark grey in juveniles.
Distribution and habitat
Widespread throughout lowland New Guinea and adjacent islands, extending to northern Cape York Peninsula in Australia, the Yellow-billed Kingfisher may be found in Rainforest, monsoon forest and forest edges.
With a large range and no evidence of significant decline, the conservation status of this species is assessed as being of Least Concern.
Large insects, earthworms and lizards.
Nest in excavated chamber in arboreal termite nest, laying clutch of 3-4 white eggs.
Loud, repeated whistling trills, mainly in breeding season.