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.

Behavior/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 (IUCN 3.1)

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.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia