Name: Common kingfisher
Scientific: Alcedo atthis
Malay: Burung Raja Udang / Pekaka Cit-cit Kecil
I made a trip down to Johor Bahru during the Christmas holidays and stayed in JB until Saturday 28.12.2019. Took the opportunity to photograph the Common kingfisher (Alced atthis) at one of the parks in the JB city.
Alcedo atthis is commonly known as Common Kingfisher. It belongs to family Alcedinidae. This species is the smallest of open country kingfishers that are familiar throughout Europe and Asia. It can be found in water’s edge in open-country swamps, old mining pools, aquaculture ponds, and mangroves.
As for this species, both male and female are almost identical except for an orange colouration with a black tip on the lower part of the female’s bill. The colour of their wings and upperparts is blue-green, while the rump and tail are bright blue. It also has bright orange underparts with a small, white bib underneath their bill, on the throats (Strange & Jeyarajasingam, 1993). The common kingfisher feeds mainly on fish and invertebrates and will fly rapidly, low over the water, and hunt for the fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water's surface.
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