Species Details

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Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Ceyx erithaca
Family : Alcedinidae
Order : Coraciiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is a tiny colorful water bird with bluish-black back and orange-yellow belly.It got crimson irises along with bright vermillion bill and feet.Both sexes look alike and the juveniles has a duller body. Nests are constructed in various locations such as stream banks, road cuttings, termitariums, or near fallen tree roots, often away from water. The male and female dig a horizontal tunnel, typically 15–100 cm long and 3.8–4.5 cm in diameter, leading to an unlined egg chamber. The chamber is inclined upwards to prevent water entry and facilitate waste removal. The bird's generation time is around 4.2 years, and it typically lays clutches of 3-7 eggs, with an average of 5 eggs per clutch. Incubation, which lasts 17–18 days, is shared by both parents, but the female takes a larger role during nighttime incubation. The chicks fledge after 18–20 days, usually in the morning. The blue-eared kingfisher primarily feeds on insects such as mantises, grasshoppers, flies, water beetles, winged ants, and mayflies. Its diet also includes spiders, worms, and small crabs, fish, frogs, and lizards.
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;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Fred Sheldon(www.xeno-canto.org/Fred Sheldon), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.