Tuamotu Kingfisher

Scientific Name
Todiramphus gambieri
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (CR)

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Wikipedia Article

The Tuamotu Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the island of Niau in French Polynesia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, plantations and rural gardens. Only 125 individuals remain in the wild. The Tuamotu Kingfisher is a multicolored, with bright blue feathers, a dusty orange head, and a bright green back. The entire population of these birds -- less than 125 -- lives in Niau, and without serious intervention, they will no longer exist. In new studies published in the journal The Auk (published by the American Ornithologists Union) and the Journal of Wildlife Management, Kesler and his team of researchers have uncovered important information to help ensure the birds' survival and a unique way to attach radio transmitters to the birds to track them."Unfortunately, even with all our work to date, the population is still crashing," Kesler said. "We're seeing some turnover, but each year when we return, there are more empty territories and the population decreases. At this rate, these birds will be gone within our lifetime."