White-throated Kingfisher raising crest feathers

“Some birds (perhaps most) have the ability to raise crest feathers. Among kingfishers the Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella) is well known for this behaviour.

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis-3-Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia-26th May 2017

“I had not previously documented this in White-throated Kingfishers (Halcyon smyrnensis). Their resting behaviour is better seen as a head bobbing, up and down. I saw this White-throated Kingfisher frequently raising its crest feathers (above, below).

K'fisherWhTh-crest [AmarSingh]

“This is not as apparent as in some other birds. The reason for this behaviour is uncertain. It could be due to excitement or a display of sorts.

K'fisherWhTh-crest [AmarSingh]

“Although I was watching closely and could be the cause of the behaviour, it however largely had its back to me, and very soon after caught a nice fish (above).

“I suspect it is a common activity, but missed. I have GIF file of the activity but it is too large to upload. Images converted into a video file here but they do not loop, so replay to see activity well:”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
26th May 2017

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Outskirts of the city, urban environment


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