Actenoides concretus is commonly known as the rufous-collared kingfisher. The adult has medium size with a proportioned head. The rufous-collared kingfisher has a shaggy crest, large and thick bill, blue head and back, and white throat and collar. It's underbody is white and has blue band across its chest. Both male and female has a slight differences appearance, where the male does not have the rufous band across its white abdomen, but present in its flanks. An addition for the female, some feather tips along the blue breast are rufous. Their diet includes fishes, insects, scorpions and small snakes. The rufous-collared kingfisher is confined to the Sundaic lowlands, which include Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei Darussalam (Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012). It was regionally extinct in Singapore. Its habitat constitutes the closed canopy forest and regenerating logged forest. Due to forest loss, forest fires and land conversion, this species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List (BirdLife International, 2016). [Source: MyBIS].
I was very fortunate to have captured the female rufous-collared kingfisher after so many attempts. The trip in Panti Forest Bird Sanctuary was led by Hariri Yusoff, a well-known bird photographer from Johor.
Name: Rufous-collared kingfisher
Scientific: Actenoides concretus
Malay: Pekaka Rimba Besar / Pekaka Tengkuk Perang
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Near Threatened
Gear: SONY a9II + SEL200600G.
Location: Panti Forest, Johor
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