ORIENTAL DWARF KINGFISHER (Ceyx erithaca)
also known as the Black Backed Kingfisher ©Harshad Barve
- This is a common and widespread resident of lowland forest.
- It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- The preferred habitat is small streams in densely shaded forests. In southwestern India
- It begins to breed with the onset of the Southwest Monsoon in June
- The nest is a horizontal tunnel up to a metre in length. The clutch of 4-5 eggs hatches in 17 days with both the male and female incubating.
- The birds fledge after 20 days
- A second brood may be raised if the first fails.
- The young are fed with geckos, skinks, snails, frogs, crickets and dragonflies.