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Blue-eared Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

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


17cm (6½ in)

  • frontal (loral) spot rufous, generally quite extensive
  • blaze on side of neck white
  • upperparts dark cobalt-blue
  • underparts rufous
  • ear coverts blue
  • legs and feet (including nails) coral
  • bill black
  • base of bill (gape) usually shows at least some red

Similar species

Very similar to some races of Common Kingfisher such as the latter's hispidoides. Differs as follows, having:

  • a red gape line at the base of the bill (generally present in all ages)
  • the nails of the feet are red (dark or grey in common)
  • the rufous loral spot is larger
  • no hint of rufous ear patch (hispidoides may give some indication of one)
  • blue deeper, darker


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



There are 6 subspecies[1]:

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


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



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


Juvenile male
Photo by the late Laurence Poh
Kinta Nature Park, Perak, Malaysia
  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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