Name: Blue-eared kingfisher
Scientific: Alcedo meninting
Malay: Pekaka Bintik-bintik
Alcedo meninting or Blue-ear Kingfisher is a small bird that resembles the Common Kingfisher but has a much deeper blue plumage and blue ear coverts. It can be found in lowland forest up to 900 m above sea level. The main habitat requirements for kingfishers are food and nest site availability.
They usually perch on branches overhanging densely shaded streams before diving below to capture prey that includes crustaceans, dragonfly larvae and fish.
The adult female for Blue-ear Kingfisher is similar to the male but tend to have more rufous orange on the sides of the head and have a red lower mandible. Still, the brilliant iridescent blue line down back to its rump is best seen in flight. This kingfisher is listed as Least Concern under the IUCN Red List (Ver. 3.1, 2016).
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