Stork-billed Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Pelargopsis capensis

Malay Name: Pekaka-Emas Biasa

Chinese Name: 鹳嘴翡翠

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent, southwest China to Southeast Asia

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

Local Subspecies: malaccensis

Size: 37.5-41 cm

Identification: 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: Common 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.


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.