Blue-eared Kingfisher – immature female

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K'fisherBE [AmarSingh]

“An immature female Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting meninting) with close to adult plumage, developing the ‘blue-ear’ plumage.

K'fisherBE [AmarSingh]

“Note white tip to the bill and some rufous behind the eye that support the immature status. The coral-red, especially to the lower aspect of the mandible support it being female. Note the classical posture of upturned beak, looking skyward (above).

K'fisherBE [AmarSingh]

The video shows the other common behaviour of ‘head-bobbing’. I cannot be fully sure this is ‘natural’ behaviour or due to anxiety induced by the observer; I suspect both with an increased frequency when anxious.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4th February 2018

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

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