Black-capped Kingfisher

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

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.