Blue-eared Kingfisher – immature female behaviour

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“Saw the immature female Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting meninting) a few days earlier but in much darker conditions (ISO used for images was 20,000). I was watching it forage from a low branch overlooking a stream, when an adult male flew in and landed ~ 50 cm away.

immature female
immature female

“It gave a shrill call (above) and proceeded to do a ‘wing-raising’ display (below).

immature female
immature female

“I had the distinct impression that this was territorial behaviour and it looked agitated. After 10-15 seconds of this display, the male left. There is uncertainty if this ‘wing-raising’ display part of courtship or territorial or both. After the male’s presence, ‘head-bobbing’ became more evident. The male is shown below.

adult male
adult male

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
31th January 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth near limestone hills

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