Stork-billed Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Pelargopsis capensis
Malay Name: Pekaka-Emas Biasa
Chinese Name: 鹳嘴翡翠

Found from the Indian subcontinent, southwest China to Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: capensis, osmastoni, intermedia, burmanica, malaccensis, cyanopteryx, simalurensis, sodalis, innominata, javana, floresiana, gouldi, gigantea.

Local Subspecies: malaccensis

Size: 37.5-41 cm

Adult has huge red bill, dull brownish crown and headsides, greenish-blue mantle, wings and tail and mostly warm buff-orange nuchal collar and underparts.

Habitat: Waterbodies in or near forests, parks, gardens, open woodlands and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Catches medium size fishes by plunging into the water from perches around 2-4 meters above the water.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Kranji Marsh, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Japanese Garden, Jurong Eco Garden, Hindhede Quarry, Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh any patch of suitable habitat.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2016). Pelargopsis capensis. 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.