Blue-eared Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Alcedo meninting

Malay Name: Rajaudang Meninting

Chinese Name: 蓝耳翠鸟

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to Southern China and Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: coltarti, phillipsi, scintillans, rufigastra, meninting.

Local Subspecies: meninting

Size: 15.5-16.5 cm

Identification: Resembles Common Kingfisher but smaller and has deeper blue upperparts (without turquoise blue tinge) and blue ear-coverts. Male has all black bill while female has reddish lower mandible. Juvenile has rufous ear-coverts and mostly red bill.

Similar looking species: Common Kingfisher

Habitat: Streams, ponds and suitable water bodies in or near forest and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Nest in tunnel excavated at bank of forest streams.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Hindhede Quarry, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus, Sungei Buloh, Jurong ECO Garden and Pulau Ubin.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Alcedo meninting. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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