Sacred kingfisher (species: Todiramphus sanctus) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Todiramphus sanctus
Sacred kingfisher

©Anne Hoggett: Sacred Kingfisher at Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island, 1 April 2012

©Charlie Shuetrim: At Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Alcedinidae
Genus Todiramphus
Species Todiramphus sanctus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Seen frequently during autumn and winter


The Sacred Kingfisher usually arrives at Lizard Island in February or March and leaves in September.

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.
  • Smith, G.C. (1987). The birds of Eagle Island, a tropical sand cay on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia, The Sunbird, 17(1): 1-11. LIRS catalog number 245.