The Torresian Kingfisher (Todiramphus sordidus) are found in Australia and southern New Guinea. It is a medium sized kingfisher with a variable plumage pattern. They used to be called the Mangrove Kingfisher in Australia, but this was changed because there is already a bird by that name in East Africa.

There are three recognised subspecies:

  • T. s. sordidus (found in the northern and north-eastern coasts of Australia, Aru Islands, southern coasts of New Guinea)
  • T. s. pilbara (found along the coastal north-western region of Australia from Exmouth Gulf to the De Grey River in the Pilbara region)
  • T. s. colcloughi (found along the central to south-eastern Queensland to the north-east New South Wales coast)

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, mangroves, and plantations. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the collared kingfisher.

A tree kingfisher that hunts over low-tide mud and puddles.


  • Scientific classification
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Alcedinidae
  • Subfamily: Halcyoninae
  • Genus: Todiramphus
  • Species: T. sordidus
  • Binomial name: Todiramphus sordidus