Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Least Concern

Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella)


French: Martin-chasseur mignon German: Wellenliest Spanish: Martín cazador bonito

Dacelo pulchella


, 1821,



Hitherto considered conspecific with L. melanops. Form from N Malay Peninsula, described as race deignani, is regarded as an intergrade between amabilis and nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. p. amabilis (A. O. Hume, 1873) – S & SE Myanmar E to C Vietnam (C Annam) and S to S Thailand and S Indochina.
  • L. p. pulchella (Horsfield, 1821) – S Thailand S (including Riau Archipelago) to Sumatra, and E to Java; also N Natuna Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    20–24·5 cm; male 40·8–48·5 g, female 46·5–54·3 g. A small kingfisher, barred above, which regularly raises and lowers... read more


    Loud advertising call, usually given from high perch, is a long whistle, “wheeeoo”,... read more


    Lowland rainforest and bamboo-forest, hill forest, also secondary growth, peats­wamp-forest and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Variety of insects, including grasshoppers and locusts (Orthoptera), katydids (Tettigoniidae), crickets (Grylloidea), cockroaches (... read more


    Lays in Jan–May. Nest excavated in rotting tree trunk, or perhaps in streamside bank (although such records have been doubted), or in... read more


    Presumably sedentary; longest retrap period is 14 months.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, and generally uncommon to fairly common; more frequent in Malay Peninsula. Extinct in Singapore for at least 40 years. Occurs in Khao Yai... read more

    Recommended citation

    Woodall, P.F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 January 2020).