Micronesian Kingfisher

The Houston Zoo is actively raising 30 birds in a captive breeding program to save this species – they are extinct in the wild. They capture and kill prey by holding it in their beaks and beating it against a tree.


  • Scientific Name: Todiramphus cinnamominus cinnamominus
  • Range: Guam Island (extinct in the wild)
  • Status in the Wild: Extinct in the Wild
  • Location in the Zoo: Tropical Bird House
  • Cool Animal Fact: Introduction of the brown tree snake to Guam after WWII led to near eradication of this bird.