24 March 2011

Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella)

The Banded KingfisherLacedo pulchella, is a tree kingfisher found in the lowland tropical forests of MyanmarThailandCambodiaVietnamLaos.MalaysiaSumatraJava and Brunei. It is extinct in Singapore. It is the only member of the genus Lacedo.
The Banded Kingfisher is a 20 cm long kingfisher with a sturdy red bill and a short crest which is slowly raised and lowered. It shows striking sexual dimorphism compared to most of its relatives. The adult male has a chestnut forehead, cheeks and nape, and a bright blue cap. The rest of the upperparts, wings and tail are black with blue bands. The breast, flanks and undertail are rufous, and the central belly is white.
This is a bird of lowland rainforest found up to 1700 m in Brunei, but normally below 1100 m altitude in the rest of its range. Unlike most kingfishers, it does not need pools or streams in its territory.
                                                                                                  Location - Bukit Tinggi Pahang Msia.

1 comment:

  1. I was eyeing for the pair but no luck. Great find tank.