French: Martin-pêcheur méninting German: Menintingeisvogel Spanish: Martín pescador meninting
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. coltarti
E. C. S. Baker, 1919 – along base of Himalayas from C Nepal to Assam and E India (N Eastern Ghats) E to Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina.
A. m. phillipsi
E. C. S. Baker, 1927 – SW India (Western Ghats S from Goa) and Sri Lanka.
A. m. rufigastra
Walden, 1873 – Andaman Is.
A. m. scintillans
E. C. S. Baker, 1919 – S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and N peninsular Thailand.
A. m. verreauxii
De La Berge, 1851 – S peninsular Thailand and Malaysia S to Riau Archipelago, Bangka and Belitung, and E to Borneo, Palawan and Sulu Is.
A. m. meninting
Horsfield, 1821 – Sumatra (including islands off W coast) and Java E to Lombok, also Sulawesi, Banggai Is and Sula Is.
15·5–17 cm; 16–31 g. Male nominate race rufous frontal spot, white blaze on side of neck; head and neck ultramarine-blue, closely banded with darker blue;... read more
Single, high-pitched note, “tjiet” or “trreee-tee”, like that of A. atthis but sharper and... read more
Streams, creeks, channels and estuaries in evergreen and wet deciduous forest, bamboo-forest and... read more
Food and feeding
Fish, crustaceans, and insects and larvae, including dragonflies (Odonata). Perches near water, searching for prey with head bobbing and... read more
Lays in Apr–Aug, mainly May–Jun, in N India, in Jun–Sept in Maharashtra, in Jan in Kerala, in Apr–Jul in... read more
Sedentary; birds ringed at Selangor, in Peninsular Malaysia, were recaptured frequently up to 16... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, but seldom common. Occurs in many protected areas throughout range, as Chitwan National Park (Nepal), Kaziranga National... read more
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