Moustached Kingfisher (Actenoides bougainvillei)

The Moustached Kingfisher bird is a unique and elusive species that inhabits the forests of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. This bird is considered one of the rarest and most beautiful birds in the world. It is known for its striking blue and green feathers, as well as its distinctive white “moustache” that runs across its beak.

First discovered in 1899, the Moustached Kingfisher was thought to be extinct for many years until it was rediscovered in the 1970s. Since then, only a few sightings have been reported, making it one of the most sought-after birds by birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

The Moustached Kingfisher is a large bird, measuring about 25 cm in length. It is mostly found in lowland rainforests where it forages for insects, small amphibians, and other small prey along the forest floor. It is also known to eat small birds and reptiles, making it a superb hunter.

What makes the Moustached Kingfisher bird so elusive is its shy and elusive nature. The bird is extremely wary of humans, and it usually hides deep inside the forest or high up in the trees, making it challenging to spot. Additionally, the bird’s habitat is under constant threat from deforestation and habitat loss, which could potentially drive the species to extinction.

Despite its rarity, the Moustached Kingfisher bird continues to inspire conservation efforts by researchers and bird enthusiasts worldwide. Researchers are working hard to protect the bird’s habitat by promoting sustainable logging practices and raising awareness about the bird’s conservation status.

In conclusion, the Moustached Kingfisher bird is a fascinating species that is renowned for its beauty, rarity, and unique features. While it remains a challenge to spot, the bird continues to inspire conservation efforts that aim to protect its habitat and ensure its survival for many generations to come.

Other names

Actenoides bougainvillei



Moustached Kingfisher

alció de l'illa Bouganville



solomonski vodomar

ledňáček vousatý

Blåbåndet Skovisfugl



Martin-chasseur à moustaches


Martin pescatore dai mustacchi


ūsuotasis halcionas


krasnogłów wąsaty


Усатая альциона

Brkati vodomar

rybárikovec fúzatý

Alción bigotudo de la Bougainville


Bogenvil Yalıçapkını

альціон вусатий


bajszos halción

brkati gozdomec