Ceyx erithaca

Written by on April 12, 2012 in Indonesia Bird with 0 Comments

Ceyx  erithaca, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher,  Udang Api

Ceyx--erithaca

The Black-backedCeyx-erithacus-01-400Kingfisher also known as the Oriental dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. Small red and yellow kingfisher, yellow underparts with bluish-black upperparts. This is a widespread resident of lowland forest. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The preferred habitat is small streams in densely shaded forests. In southwestern India, it begins to breed with the onset of the Southwest Monsoon in June. The nest is a horizontal tunnel up to a metre in length. The clutch of 4-5 eggs hatches in 17 days with both the male and female incubating. The birds fledge after 20 days and a second brood may be raised if the first fails. The young are fed with geckos, skinks, snails, frogs, crickets and dragonflies.

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