A highly variable species that seemingly changes its appearance on every island. Generally green or blue above and white or buffy orange below. Most subspecies have some degree of orange or buff eyebrow, most notably lacking in the Vanikoro Island population. In Tonga and Samoa, birds are much whiter, with a broad white eyebrow bordering a small greenish cap and a clean white underside. Generally coastal, preferring mangroves, but common in most habitat types to 1500 meters of elevation. Sacred Kingfisher is very similar but has a slimmer bill and is always buff below. Juvenile Sacred Kingfisher has a more scaly breast. Pacific’s most common call is a loud, harsh “kee-kee-kee-kee” often given in flight.
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