Scientific Name: Alcedo meninting
Malay Name: Rajaudang Binti-binti
Chinese Name: 蓝耳翠鸟
Found from the Indian subcontinent to Southern China and Southeast Asia
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: Rare resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Hindhede Quarry, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus, Sungei Buloh, Jurong ECO Garden and Pulau Ubin.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia