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Alternative name: Black-capped Purple Kingfisher
In flight shows conspicuous white patch at base of primaries.
White-throated Kingfisher differs in lacking the white collar on the rear neck, brown on head con-color and connected with the flanks, brown on part of the wing coverts, lacking the darker base of the bill, etc. but shares the white throat and the white patch on wings.
Uncommon winter visitor, and passage migrant in Singapore.
Mostly found in the lowlands, in mangroves, sea coasts, ricefields, forest edges, forested river courses.
Territorial in its wintering quarters; it is aggressive and often displaces the resident White-throated Kingfisher. Shy.
Feeds on fish, crabs and insects. Takes sometimes frogs and reptiles.
Starts breeding in April in India, from April to May in Burma, in June in Korea. The nest is placed in a self-dugged tunnel in an earth mound, a cutting or a streambank. Lays 4-5 eggs.
Not as vocal as White-throated Kingfisher.