Scientific Name: Alcedo meninting
Malay Name: Rajaudang Meninting
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
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 (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.
BirdLife International. (2016). Alcedo meninting. 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.