Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Near Threatened

Malay Blue-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo peninsulae)


French: Martin-pêcheur péninsulaire German: Blauband-Eisvogel Spanish: Martín pescador bandeado de Malasia

Alcedo euryzonia [sic] peninsulae


, 1941,



Hitherto treated as subspecies of A. euryzona, but differs on account of female having no broad blue breastband (3); male without blue wingpanel formed by broader blue fringes of secondaries (2); male with white mottling and dark grey tips on blue breastband (1); slightly smaller size (effect size for wing −1.987, n=20; score 1). Monotypic.

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S Myanmar and W Thailand S to Sumatra, and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

20–20·5 cm; male 40·6–45·2 g, female 38·7–48·5 g. Male is relatively small, with mostly dull dark brownish wings and blue... read more


Flight call is said to be like that of A. atthis but harsher.


Favours mid-sized permanently flowing streams, typically below canopy, from mangroves to evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

Fish, also crustaceans, insects and larvae, and small lizards. Hunts from a low perch near stream in forest, frequently moving to another... read more


Eggs or nestbuilding recorded Feb (Peninsular Malaysia) and Apr–May (Myanmar), with a possible observation of a nest in Aug on Borneo... read more


Presumably sedentary, although records from swamps and peat-swamp forest on Borneo have been... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Thinly distributed, but locally fairly common in Peninsular Malaysia (where range recently extended S to Johor... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Malay Blue-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo peninsulae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 November 2019).