Rusty-orange plumage is belied by a bright – thick and so lipstick-red coated bill

The ruddy kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda) is a medium-sized tree kingfisher that may be found across East and Southeast Asia.

Rusty-orange plumage is belied by a bright - thick and so lipstick-red coated bill

This 25 cm long bird has a huge, vivid red underside, which is complemented by similarly bright red legs.

Their bodies are an orange-rust red color that develops to a gorgeous purple towards the tail, which is largely hidden when the bird is in flight.

There is limited sexual dimorphism, which means it is difficult to tell the female from the male.

The Ruddy Kingfisher is a migratory bird that may be found in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, China, and India.

Rusty-orange plumage is belied by a bright - thick and so lipstick-red coated bill

When migrating, they have been reported to fly as far as Borneo.

From temperate to tropical locations, these birds prefer wooded environments near streams and rivers, frequently in dense jungles and rainforests.

Because of its affinity for densely wooded locations, the kingfisher’s loud, descending cry is more typically heard than seen, and these birds usually move alone or in couples.

Rusty-orange plumage is belied by a bright - thick and so lipstick-red coated bill

Ruddy Kingfishers, like other kingfishers, like to eat fish, crabs, and big insects, yet in locations with less moving water, they have been known to eat rats, frogs, and other amphibians.

In India and Nepal, the breeding season for the Ruddy Kingfisher runs from March to May.

It is in May on the Malay Peninsula, and late June in South Korea. Both birds build nests in tree holes, termite mounds, and sandbanks.

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