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Blue-eared Kingfisher

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Male, subspecies verreauxiiPhoto by wengchunKuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2014
Male, subspecies verreauxii
Photo by wengchun
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2014
Alcedo meninting


[edit] Identification

17cm (6½ in)

  • Rufous frontal spot
  • White blaze on side of neck
  • Dark cobalt-blue upperparts
  • Rufous underparts
  • Blue ear coverts
  • Coral legs and feet
  • Black bill

[edit] Distribution

Female, subspecies coltartiPhoto by nothinghillKhao Yai National Park, Thailand, June 2015
Female, subspecies coltarti
Photo by nothinghill
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, June 2015

South and south east Asia:
Asia: China, Nepal, India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Lesser Sundas, Bali, Moluccas

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 11 subspecies[1]:

Juvenile female, subspecies verreauxiiPhoto by Raptorman182Sabah, Borneo, April 2015
Juvenile female, subspecies verreauxii
Photo by Raptorman182
Sabah, Borneo, April 2015

[edit] Habitat

Streams, pools and lakes in dense broadleaved, lowland forest under 1000m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of fish, crustaceans, insects and larvae, including dragonflies.

[edit] References

Juvenile malePhoto by the late Laurence PohKinta Nature Park, Perak, Malaysia
Juvenile male
Photo by the late Laurence Poh
Kinta Nature Park, Perak, Malaysia
  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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