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A BRILLIANTLY COLORED BIRD POSSESSING BRIGHT BANDS OF MULTI-HUED, IRIDESCENT, SEEMINGLY SHIMMERING COLOR!

A brilliantly colored bird possessing bright bands of color, dominated by a very large puffy head!

MEET THE BANDED KINGFISHER

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The banded kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella) is a tree kingfisher and the only member of the genus Lacedo. 20 cm long, the banded kingfisher has a sturdy red bill and a short crest which is slowly raised and lowered at will. It shows striking sexual dimorphism compared to most of its relatives. The adult male has a chestnut forehead, cheeks, and nape, along with a bright blue cap. The rest of the upperparts, wings, and tail are black with blue bands. The breast, flanks, and undertail are rufous, the central belly is white.

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The adult female is almost as striking as the male, with black-and-rufous-banded upperparts. Her underparts are white with some black bars on the chest and flanks.

Young birds are duller than adults.

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These birds are endemic to and found in, the lowland tropical forests of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos. Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, and Brunei.

Photo Courtesy of tontantravel / CC BY-SA 2.0

Unlike most kingfishers, the banded kingfisher does not need pools or streams in its territory. These birds prefer lowland rainforest found up to 1700 m in Brunei, but normally below 1100 m altitude in the rest of their range.

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Banded kingfishers hunt large insects and occasionally small lizards, usually taken in the trees. But they will sometimes also hunt at ground level.

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During the breeding season, a nest is built in a hole in a rotting tree trunk, or sometimes in the spherical nest of tree termites. Anywhere from two to five white eggs are usually laid within.

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This species is uncommon but widespread in much of its range. Unfortunately, it is rare in Java, very rare in Sumatra, and extinct in Singapore.

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