21 August 2011

Banded Kingfisher, Lacedo pulchella (male)

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The Banded KingfisherLacedo pulchella, is a tree kingfisher found in the lowland tropical forests. 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.

The call is a long whistled wheeeoo followed by 15 repetitions of chiwiu in 17 seconds, the second syllable gradually fading away. 

The nest is a hole in a rotting tree trunk, or sometimes in the spherical nest of tree termites. Two to five white eggs are laid.This is a bird of lowland rainforest found up to 1700 m its . Unlike most kingfishers, it does not need pools or streams in its territory.
The Banded Kingfisher hunts large insects and occasionally small lizards, usually taken in the trees, but sometimes from the ground.

                                                                                         Loc: Selangor Malaysia, August 2011

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