Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella) - HBW 6, p. 198

French: Martin-chasseur mignon German: Wellenliest Spanish: Martín Cazador Chico

Taxonomy: Dacelo pulchella Horsfield, 1821, Java.
Possibly an early offshoot of Dacelo lineage, with some resemblance to Tanysiptera. Form from N Malay Peninsula, described as race deignani, is an intergrade between amabilis and pulchella. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • amabilis (Hume, 1873) - S & SE Myanmar E to C Vietnam (C Annam) and S to S Thailand and S Indochina.
  • pulchella (Horsfield, 1821) - S Thailand S to N Natuna Is and Sumatra (including Riau Archipelago), and E to Java.
  • melanops (Bonaparte, 1850) - Bangka I (off SE Sumatra) and Borneo.