Scientific Name: Halcyon smyrnensis
Malay Name: Pekaka Dada Putih
Chinese Name: 白胸翡翠
Found from Egypt, Turkey, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China to Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: smyrnensis, fusca, perpulchra, saturatior, fokiensis, gularis
Local Subspecies: perpulchra
Size: 27.5-29.5 cm
Identification: Adult has dark chestnut head, flanks and belly with contrasting whitish throat and centre of breast, mostly turquoise-blue mantle, wings and tail, dark chestnut/blackish wing-coverts and reddish bill. Juvenile has duller upperparts, browner bill and dark vermiculations on throat and breast.
Similar looking species: Black-capped Kingfisher
Habitat: Parks, gardens and wooded areas near open grass patches, water-bodies, canals, rivers and mangroves.
Behavior/Ecology: Feeds on fish, lizards, insects and small amphibians.
Local Status: Common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Any patch of suitable habitat.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia