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Alternative name: Malaysian Blue-banded Kingfisher

Photo © by the late Dr Manjeet Singh
Taman Rimba Ampang, Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia, August 2006
Alcedo peninsulae


20 cm

  • upperparts blackish
  • dark cap flecked with slightly lighter feathers
  • rufous neck collar (may be hard to see)
  • neck-flash white; reaches rufous collar
  • malar stripe bright(er) blue
  • throat white
  • may have indication of rufous loral spot
  • wings with blue spots, blue outer webs to the primaries
  • central back streak silvery-azure, from mantle to rump
  • underparts pale
  • chest band blue, often with marked white spotting. Same colour as malar, brighter than most blue on the bird
  • bill black
  • feet may be red (coral) but often darker, sometimes black


  • underparts rufous
  • lower mandible orange
  • lacks breast-band
  • loral spot rufous, normally pronounced

Similar Species

A split from the similar Javan Blue-banded Kingfisher: they do not overlap in distribution. That species diifers as follows:

  • female has a blue breast band (lacking in the present species)
  • male's breast band perhaps slightly darker blue than Malayan's, generally with less white spotting

Common Kingfisher and Blue-eared Kingfisher also similar.

Photo by wengchun
Taman Rimba Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 2006


South-east Asia: Southern Myanmar, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly considered conspecific with Javan Blue-banded Kingfisher.


Rocky streams and rivers in secondary equatorial rainforests and mangroves. More frequent in lowland than in mountains.


The diet includes small fish, crustaceans, insects and small reptiles.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Limparungpatthanakij , W. L. (2022). Malaysian Blue-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo peninsulae), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bubkin1.01

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