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Blyth's Kingfisher Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Alcedo hercules
Family : Alcedinidae
Order : Coraciiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Haors
Description : Blyth's Kingfisher is a small blue-backed water bird which looks dark blue from above and orange from below.Male has an entirely black bill but that of the lower mandible of the female is reddish.Both sexes has blood-red iris along with coral-red legs and feet. It engages in breeding activities during the period spanning from March to June. To create suitable habitats for their offspring, they construct nests at the terminus of tunnels that they excavate within the banks of streams or ravines. Typically, the reproductive pair takes turns in incubating the four to six eggs. This species tends to be timid in nature and frequently inhabits small waterways. Its primary source of sustenance consists of fish and insects, which it captures by diving from a shrub in close proximity to the water. It primarily occupies regions along streams within evergreen forests and adjoining open areas, typically at elevations ranging from 200 to 1,200 meters (660 to 3,900 feet), with a preference for altitudes between 400 and 1,000 meters (1,300 and 3,300 feet).
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: Christoph Moning(www.inaturalist.org/people/Christoph Moning),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Frank Lambertmore information, please contact us.