Sacred Kingfisher
Calls & Sounds

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

The Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) is a medium-sized kingfisher found throughout much of Australasia and Indonesia. It can be found in a variety of habitats including eucalypt woodland, melaleuca swamps, mangroves, coastal scrub and beaches.

The loud ‘kik-kik-kik-kik’ calls of the Sacred Kingfisher are a common sound in spring and summer throughout much of its range. These calls are most often given by male birds as a territorial advertisement and in courtship. Other calls made by Sacred Kingfishers including grinding, trilling ‘tucree-tucree-tucree’ sounds as well as harsh scolding ‘tchaa’ notes when an intruder is present. Sacred Kingfishers can occasionally be heard calling at night.

Listen to Sacred Kingfisher Sounds

The audio in the video below features the typical advertising calls of a Sacred Kingfisher. Recorded in Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia.


Sacred Kingfisher – Typical ‘kik-kik-kik-kik’ song

XC390580 The typical, strident ‘kik-kik-kik-kik’ phrases commonly associated with this species. Recorded in Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales.


Sacred Kingfisher – Squeals & ‘tucree’ calls

XC340994 Pair interacting with squeals followed by some ‘tucree’ calls . Recorded in Wollemi National Park, New South Wales.


Sacred Kingfisher – Ktchaa call & shrill squeals

XC146113 Harsh ktchaa call followed by shrill squeals. Recorded in Royal National Park, New South Wales.

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