Alcedo bengalensis

Alcedo bengalensis, Gm.

134; :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 230; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 456 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 383; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. III; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 61.


Length, 6 to 6.5; expanse, 9.5 to 10 ; wing, 2.75 to 2.9; tail, 11 to 1.3 ; tarsus, 0.4; bill from gape, 1.9; bill at front, 1.4.

Bill blackish on culmen, orange beneath towards base; irides dark brown; legs and feet orange-red.

Head and hind-neck dusky, the feathers edged with pale blue; a rufous band from the base of the nostrils to the end .of the ear-coverts'; below this, a dark band, extending down the side of the neck followed by a white patch; scapulars dull green; back, rump and upper tail-coverts pale blue ; wings and tail dull green-blue; the wing-coverts speckled with pale blue ; quills dusky on their inner edges; chin and throat white, the rest of the lower plumage bright ferruginous.

In young birds a bluish-green tinge is the prevalent tint; in adults a pure blue.

The Indian Kingfisher is commonly distributed throughout the district, but it occurs more rarely in Sind, where it is replaced by the next species; with this exception it is a permanent resident, breeding from March quite to the end of May and occasionally later; the nest-hole is pierced in the bank of a stream, invariably according to my experience over running water; the eggs, five or six in number, are broadish ovals, white and beautifully glossy. They measure 0.8 in length by 0.68 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Alcedo bengalensis
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common Indian Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis bengalensis
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