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Black cap, white throat and collar, blue black back and wings with white window on wings and greenish wing tips. Bright orange red beak, rufous underbelly and feet. at 29 - 31.5 cm long this is a medium to small size kingfisher for this area. Although often takes other food items, here it was fishing in the huge Angkor Wat moat.
Common through India, and Southeast Asia, we saw several individuals of this species around the Siem Reap area. Usually a coastal species where it breeds in mangrove forests, it loves the Tonle Sap and Great Lake area and the moats and lakes in Siem Reap area. Forest edges with water, flooded forests, clearings in forests with water.
Winter visitor in Cambodia.