Ruddy Kingfisher

Halcyon coromanda

Order

CORACIIFORMES

Family

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

HALCOR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

4 - 6



Incubation Days:

20 - 22



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is laid in a burrow in a termite nest or tree cavity.



Nest Material:

No known nesting materials.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Ruddy Kingfisher: Medium-sized brown-orange kingfisher, more brown-yellow on underparts. Back, wings, and tail orange-brown with violet highlights. Huge, red-orange bill with slightly upturned mandible. Black-brown eye. Short, orange legs and feet. Fairly long wings. Short to medium-length, narrow tail. Feeds on snails, crustaceans, insects, and fish. It forages by waiting on a perch in mangroves or evergreen forest, and flying down to the ground or water to catch prey with its bill.

Breeding and Nesting

Ruddy Kingfisher: Four to six round white eggs are laid in a burrow in a termite nest, or tree cavity. Both sexes incubate the eggs for 20 to 22 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Ruddy Kingfisher: Feeds on snails, crustaceans, fish, and insects. It will also take frogs and lizards. This kingfisher species forages by waiting on a perch to watch for prey. When a food item is seen on the ground or in water, it flies down to snatch the prey item with its bill.

Vocalization

Ruddy Kingfisher: Call is loud chattering notes. Song is descending mournful whistles.

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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