French: Martin-chasseur à coiffe noire German: Kappenliest Spanish: Alción capirotado
Korea, E, C & S China (from Liaoning to E Gansu and S to Hainan) and N Indochina; sporadic breeding reported in India. Winters S to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indochina, Malay Peninsula, Andaman and Nicobar Is, Greater Sundas, Sulawesi and S Philippines.
28–31·5 cm; 67–91 g. Medium-sized kingfisher that is difficult to mistake for any other species over its wide range. Both sexes have black head, white... read more
Ringing cackle, “kikikikikikiki”, similar to but higher-pitched than that of H.... read more
In temperate regions inhabits deciduous forest near water, such as wooded riverbanks, and... read more
Food and feeding
In inland habitats, insects such as dragonflies and dragonfly nymphs (Odonata), water boatmen (Notonectidae), locusts and grasshoppers (... read more
Lays from Apr in India; in Apr–May in Myanmar, in Jun in Korea, and in May–Jun in Hong-Kong. Nest at end of tunnel dug by both... read more
Migratory in N of range. Breeders present in China and Korea May–Oct; non-breeding visitors... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Has a wide distribution and uses broad range of habitats. Not well known, and no figures on population sizes; locally frequent or... read more
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