Todiramphus nigrocyaneus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Todiramphus nigrocyaneus
Species Authority: (Wallace, 1862)
Common Name(s):
English Blue-black Kingfisher
Todirhamphus nigrocyaneus nigrocyaneus Collar et al. (1994)
Todirhamphus nigrocyaneus nigrocyaneus Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Contributor(s): Burrows, I.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Derhé, M., Shutes, S., Symes, A.
This species is known from New Guinea and adjacent islands, and appears to be inexplicably rare, with only three recent records from Papua New Guinea. There is no information on its likely distribution extent, population size or trends, although it may be threatened by logging. For these reasons, it is classified as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Todiramphus nigrocyaneus is a little-known species of New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and the adjacent islands of Salawati, Batanta and Yapen. There are only three recent records from Papua New Guinea: from Morehead (Trans-Fly), Madang and Lakekamu (Bellchambers et al. 1994, I. Burrows in litt. 1994, Mack 1998), although it may be more common in Papua (Beehler et al. 1986) where it was reported from Nimbokrang near Jayapura (Eastwood 1996). It appears to be inexplicably rare.

Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species has not been quantified; it is considered scarce to common across its range. More research is required.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is known from few scattered records from streams, swamps and ponds in forest to 600 m.

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It may be threatened by logging, particularly of lowland swamp forests, and the consequential decline in water quality.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey potentially suitable habitats for the species. Study its ecological requirements and threats.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Todiramphus nigrocyaneus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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