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Blyth's Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by paux
Longqi Shan NR, Fujian, China, January 2018
Alcedo hercules


22-23 cm ( 8¾-9 in)

  • Blue-tipped black head feathers
  • Black lores
  • Whitish neck patch


Asia: found in Sikkim to south-western China, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, India, Eastern Himalayas, Bangladesh and Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, northern Laos, northern Vietnam and Thailand


This is a monotypic species[1].


Along streams and small rivers in deep ravines, hilly country and evergreen forest at heights around 400-1,000 m.


Classified as Near-Threatened in the 2008 IUCN Red List.



Their diet consists mostly of fish and probably also insects. The hunt from a low concealed perch in bushes.


They excavate a tunnel in a vertical stream bank.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdLife International
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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