1037. Alcedo meninting.
The Malayan Kingfisher.
Alcedo meninting, Horsf. Tr. Linn. Soc. xiii, p. 172 (1821); Blyth, Cat. p. 49; Horsf. & M. Cat. p. 130; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 83; Hume, Cat. no. 135 ter; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xvii, p. 157. Alcedo asiatica, Swains. Zool. Ill. 1st ser. i, pl. 50 (1821) ; Sharpe, Mon. Alc. p. 23, pl. 5.
Coloration. Precisely similar to that of A. beavani, except that the blue of the upper parts is deeper, the spots on the wing-coverts especially being comparatively inconspicuous; and the middle of the back is deep cobalt. Measurements as in A. beavani.
I am disposed to agree with Oates and to regard A. beavani as merely a bright-coloured variety. Hume was inclined to the same view, and the distribution of the two is anomalous if they are distinct; but when a series of both is laid out, there is a percep¬tible difference between them.
Distribution. Malay Peninsula, extending into the extreme south of Tenasserim, also in Sumatra, Java, and Borneo.