A brilliantly colored bird possessing bright bands of multi-hued seemingly shimmering color – kingfisher

The banded kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella) is the only member of the genus Lacedo and a tree kingfisher.

The banded kingfisher is 20 cm long and has a strong red beak as well as a short crest that can be raised and lowered at whim.

A brilliantly colored bird possessing bright bands of multi-hued seemingly shimmering color – kingfisher

When compared to most of its cousins, it exhibits considerable sexual dimorphism.

The mature male has a chestnut brow, cheeks, and neck, as well as a vivid blue crown.

The upper parts, wings, and tail are all black with blue stripes.

The rufous breast, flanks, and under tail contrast with the white center belly.

With black-and-rufous-banded upper parts, the mature female is almost as striking as the male. Her underparts are white, with black bands across her breast and side.

A brilliantly colored bird possessing bright bands of multi-hued seemingly shimmering color – kingfisher

These birds are only found in the lowland tropical forests of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.

Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, and Brunei are the countries involved.

The banded kingfisher, unlike other kingfishers, does not require ponds or streams in its range.

These birds love lowland rainforest, which may be found up to 1700 m in Brunei, but is usually found below 1100 m in the remainder of their range.

Banded kingfishers hunt huge insects and, on sometimes, tiny lizards in the treetops.

A brilliantly colored bird possessing bright bands of multi-hued seemingly shimmering color – kingfisher

They will, however, hunt at ground level on occasion.

During the breeding season, a nest is constructed in a hole in a rotting tree trunk or, on occasion, in the spherical nest of tree termites.

Typically, two to five white eggs are placed inside.

This species is rare yet widespread over much of its territory.

Unfortunately, it is uncommon in Java, extremely uncommon in Sumatra, and endangered in Singapore.

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