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