Blue-eared Kingfishers

Blue-eared Kingfishers (Alcedo meninting)

The Blue-eared Kingfishers, Alcedo meninting, is found in South and Southeast Asia. It is found near pools and streams in dense evergreen forests, situated under 1000m of altitude.

Blue-eared Kingfishers Perched on Tree
Blue-eared Kingfisher Perched on Tree


This is a small kingfisher almost identical to the Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis. The Blue-eared Kingfisher is distinguished from the Common Kingfisher by blue ear coverts (feathers covering the ears), darker and more intense cobalt-blue upper parts with richer rufous underparts.

The juvenile Blue-eared Kingfishers has similar rufous ear coverts to the Common Kingfisher, but it usually shows some mottling on the throat and upper breast which disappears when the bird reaches adulthood.

The average length of this kingfisher is 16cm.

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