Myron Tay documented the nesting of a pair of Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella) at Khao Yai, Thailand in April 2009. The birds were nesting in a cavity made in a termite mound that developed from a rotting tree trunk. The image above, left, shows the female by the nest while that on the right shows the female with a lizard.
In the images below, the male was delivering a cicada to the chick/s (left) while the female on the right brought a praying mantis.
The Banded Kingfisher is widespread in the Malay Peninsula and Tenasserim in Burma. It is not found in Singapore. According to Fry & Fry (1992), very few nests have been located, mostly in holes of rotting tree trunks up to 3m above ground. There had been two reports of the kingfisher’s nest found in the globular nest of tree termites.
Fry, C.H. & K. Fry, 1992. Kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. New Jersey, Princeton University Press. 324 pp.
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