French: Martin-chasseur à ailes brunes German: Braunflügelliest Spanish: Alción alipardo
J. T. Pearson
E India (from N Odisha) E along coast and islands to Myanmar, then S, including Mergui Archipelago, to W coast of Thailand and to islands of NW Peninsular Malaysia.
35–37 cm; male 162 g. Large coastal kingfisher with large red bill. Both sexes pale orange head and underparts, dark brown back, wings and tail, brilliant blue rump;... read more
Call a harsh, cackling, repeated “chak-chak-chak-chak-chak”, also short, descending... read more
Mainly coastal, in mangroves, tidal forest, mudflats, estuaries and brackish creeks, and moves out... read more
Food and feeding
Crabs and fish. Prey are detected from perches in mangroves; catches crabs by flying down low to land on the mud and rapidly seize one;... read more
Lays in Mar–Apr in India. Nest in burrow dug into a mud bank or cliff by a creek, burrow 10 cm wide, 30–60 cm long, ending in... read more
Presumably chiefly sedentary, but reported to be only non-breeding visitor in parts of W range;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Widespread and locally common; rare in Orissa, but locally common in West Bengal and in Bangladesh; fairly... read more
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