Measuring around 30 cm in length, the Black-capped Kingfisher is a species of bird from the Alcedinidae (Kingfishers) family that breed in the India subcontinent, Myanmar, China and Korea. In winter, this bird will migrate throughout South-East Asia to Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and the Philippines inhabiting mangroves, ricefields, forest edge and reservoirs (Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012).
The Black-capped Kingfisher can be identified by the black head, red on bill and feet along with white shade on breast, neck and throat. It also has rufous belly with deeper royal blue on mantle, wings and uppertail coverts (Strange & Jeyarajasingam, 1993; Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012). It feeds mainly on large insects such as dragonflies and sometimes dives for fish (Phillipps, 2014). [Source: MyBIS].
Finally, I've managed to photograph the elusive black-capped kingfisher in Kuala Sepetang, after the disappointment from my attempt last month at Sekinchan. Boarded the boat at 10:30am and the trip took two hours. The boat was operated by Kuala Sepetang Eco Tourism.
Name: Black-capped kingfisher
Scientific: Halcyon pileata
Malay: Pekaka Kepala Hitam / Pekaka Kopiah Hitam / Pekaka Ubun Hitam
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
Gear: SONY a1 + SEL200600G
Location: Kuala Sepetang, Perak
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