- Lacedo pulchella
22 to 23 cm
- Chestnut forehead, cheeks and nape
- Bright blue cap
- Upperparts black with blue bands
- Rufous breast, flanks and undertail
- White central belly
- Sturdy red bill
- Short crest which is slowly raised and lowered
- Black and rufous banded upperparts
- White underparts with some black bars on the chest and flanks
Juveniles duller; brown and orange bill. Dusky barring on the underparts.
Southeast Asia: found in Indochina, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java
There are 4 subspecies:
- L. p. amabilis: slightly larger than the nominate form. The male has a blue nape, the female is more rufous
- L. p. melanops: male has a black forehead, cheeks and nape
Not often found along streams and rivers.
Lowland evergreen rainforest between 400 to 1,100m
Two to five white eggs are laid in the nest which is in a hole in a rotting tree trunk, or they may utilise the nest of tree termites.
The diet includes large insects and occasionally small lizards.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
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