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Length 16 cm<nr />
This species is included in genus Alcedo by some authorities.
Always spotted near water of some kind; ponds, rivers, lakes and mangroves.
The diet consists mostly of fish and insects.
It nests in a chamber up to 1 metre long in an earthen creek bank. 5-7 white, rounded, glossy eggs are laid.
The voice is a high-pitched, shrill, pseet-pseet.
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