Wednesday, April 25, 2012

>>Genus Ceyx >Ceyx erithacus (Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher)

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Species:C. erithaca
Binomial name
Ceyx erithaca
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Ceyx tridactylus
Ceyx erythaca
Ceyx microsoma
The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher also known as the Black-backed Kingfisher or Three Toed 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, endemic across much of Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It is found in BangladeshBhutanBruneiCambodiaIndiaIndonesia,
 LaosMalaysiaMyanmarSingaporeSri LankaThailand, and Vietnam.
The preferred habitat is small streams in densely shaded forests. In the Konkan region of southwest 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, crabs, snails, frogs, crickets and dragonflies.

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