1039. Alcedo euryzona

1039. Alcedo euryzona.

The Broad-zoned Kingfisher.

Alcedo euryzona, Temm. PI. Col. text to pl. 508 (1830); Horsf. & M. Cat. p. 128; Sharpe, Mon. Alc. p. 29, pl. 8; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 318; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 75 ; Sharps. Cat. B. M. xvii, p. 154. Alcedo nigricans, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 1180 (1847) ; id. Cat. p. 49; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 81, 499 ; Hume, Cat. no. 135 bis; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 156.

Coloration. Male. Crown and nape sooty black, with narrow faint greenish bars ; lores dull ferruginous ; cheeks and ear-coverts bluish black, mixed with dull green ; a ferruginous or whitish band on each side of the neck, forming an imperfect collar; middle of hack and rump very pale blue, upper tail-coverts deeper blue ; scapulars and wings sooty black, the scapulars and coverts tipped and the inner quills edged near the base with greenish blue; tail black, washed above with dark blue; lower parts buffy white, a broad band of dull green across the breast, the feathers with white centres ; flanks dusky ; wing-lining rufescent.

Female. Lower parts ferruginous, chin and throat whitish ; no band across breast; upper parts as in males.

Upper mandible black, lower very dark brown, paler at the base in males, dull vermilion in females; iris dark brown; feet milion (Davison).

Length about 8; tail 1.5; wing 3.4; tarsus .48; bill from gape 2.4.

Distribution. Tenasserim, as far north as Muleyit east of Moulmein, also in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo.

Habits, &c. This is a rare and shy bird, found only on streams in deep forest, and apparently restricted in Tenasserim to the hills. It is generally seen in pairs, lives entirely, so far as is known, on fish, and has a note similar to that of A. ispida.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
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1039. Alcedo euryzona
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Broad Zoned Kingfisher
Blue-banded Kingfisher
Alcedo euryzona
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