Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) - HBW 6, p. 238

French: Martin-pêcheur méninting German: Menintingeisvogel Spanish: Martín Pescador Meninting
Other common names: Deep-blue/Malaysian Kingfisher

Taxonomy: Alcedo Meninting Horsfield, 1821, Java.
May be part of the superspecies that includes A. quadribrachys, A. azurea and A. websteri. Some uncertainty over races in S India: possibly only coltarti present there, with phillipsi confined to Sri Lanka. Race scintillans intergrades with verreauxii. Various other described races include laubmanni (E India), amadoni (Palawan), subviridis (Banyak Is, Nias I), callima (Batu Is) and proxima (Mentawai Is), but these are not now considered sufficiently distinct. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • coltarti Stuart Baker, 1919 - S India (except Kerala), and Nepal E to Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina.
  • phillipsi Stuart Baker, 1927 - Kerala and Sri Lanka.
  • rufigastra Walden, 1873 - Andaman Is.

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  • coltarti Stuart Baker, 1919 - S India (except Kerala), and Nepal E to Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina.
  • phillipsi Stuart Baker, 1927 - Kerala and Sri Lanka.
  • rufigastra Walden, 1873 - Andaman Is.
  • scintillans Stuart Baker, 1919 - S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and N peninsular Thailand.
  • verreauxii De La Berge, 1851 - S peninsular Thailand and Malaysia S to Riau Archipelago, Bangka and Belitung, and E to Borneo, Palawan, Sulu Is.
  • meninting Horsfield, 1821 - Sumatra, including islands off W coast, and Java E to Lombok, also Sulawesi and Banggai and Sula Is.