Sacred kingfisher (species: Todiramphus sanctus) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (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

This is the most commonly-seen kingfisher at Lizard Island. It arrives in about April and disappears by late winter. Head and back green; a black band through the eye and extending around back of head; a white collar; buff to whitish underparts; a buff patch in front of eye; makes a loud, 4-note call.


  • 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.