Rufous-collared Kingfisher (Actenoides concretus)

The Rufous-collared Kingfisher bird, also known as the Mangrove Kingfisher, is a stunning species of bird found in Southeast Asia, particularly in coastal areas such as mangroves and estuaries. These birds have a striking appearance, with a bright orange, chestnut-colored head and collar, a blue-grey back, and white underparts.

Males and females look very similar, with the only difference being the female's slightly duller plumage. Rufous-collared Kingfishers usually grow to be around 23-25 cm in length and weigh approximately 60 grams.

These birds are mainly found in lowland forests with tropical climates, where the temperature remains warm and humid throughout the year. They are not migratory birds and prefer to stay in one spot for the entirety of their life.

The Rufous-collared Kingfisher feeds mainly on fish, but also eats crustaceans, insects and small reptiles. It is known to ambush prey by sitting patiently and quietly near water sources such as ponds, streams or even in estuaries. Once it spots its prey, it dives rapidly, snatching it out of the water, before returning to its perch to consume it.

These birds are monogamous, meaning that they mate for life and remain committed to one partner. During the mating season, males will use their calls to attract a female, before building a nest in a tree hole or burrow in a river bank. Both the male and female take turns incubating the eggs and raising the chicks.

Sadly, the Rufous-collared Kingfisher bird is classified as a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and degradation, as well as being hunted for their beautiful feathers. Conservation efforts are in place to protect these stunning birds, and it is important for us to cherish and preserve their habitats, enabling them to continue thriving in their natural environment.

Other names

Actenoides concretus



Rufous-collared Kingfisher

alció malai



zelenokapi vodomar

ledňáček rezavolímcový

Blårygget Skovisfugl

Maleise Bosijsvogel


Martin-chasseur trapu


Martin pescatore collorosiccio


malajinis halcionas


krasnogłów sundajski


Малайская альциона

Vodomar sa riđom ogrlicom

rybárikovec zelenohlavý

Alción malayo

rosthalsad kungsfiskare

Malay Yalıçapkını

альціон малазійський

malai safiirlind

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Cekakak-hutan melayu

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