French: Martin-pêcheur de Blyth German: Herkuleseisvogel Spanish: Martín pescador hércules
E Nepal E to Myanmar and S China (Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan) and S to Laos and C Vietnam.
22–23 cm. Male head feathers black with glossy bright blue tips, black lores with buffy streak above, buffy-white neck patch; mantle to uppertail-coverts brilliant... read more
In flight “pseet”, louder and less shrill than that of A. atthis.
Streams and small rivers in deep ravines, hilly country and evergreen forest; also possibly on... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish, but insect remains found in nest-burrows. From low, concealed perch in bushes overhanging water, it dives in for a fish and... read more
Lays in Mar–Jun, mainly Apr–May, in NE India. Nest in bank of forest stream or vertical face of forest ravine; tunnel straight... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Previously considered Vulnerable. Recent reports from much of its range, but in low densities. Total population... read more
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