Scientific Name: Halcyon pileata
Malay Name: Pekaka Ubun Hitam
Chinese Name: 蓝翡翠
Found from China, Korea to Japan with more northerly populations wintering to Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia
Size: 29-31.5 cm
Adult has black crown and head-sides, white collar, throat and upper-breast, dull rufous rest of underparts, thick red bill and deep blue upperparts with mostly black wing-coverts. Shows large white patch on primaries when seen in flight. Juvenile resembles adult but has duller blue upperparts and dark vermiculations on sides of throat and breast.
Habitat: Mangroves, various coastal and inland wetlands., gardens and wooded areas
Behaviour/Ecology: Diet consists mostly of fish, lizard, frog and large insects.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Sungei Buloh, Kranji Marsh, Pulau Ubin, Bidadari, Chinese Garden, Pasir Ris Park, Pasir Ris Farmway 3, Lorong Halus, West Coast Park and Tuas South.
BirdLife International. (2016). Halcyon pileata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.