Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting)

Blue-eared Kingfisher, commonly known as Alcedo Meninting, is a small bird species belonging to the family Alcedinidae. It is predominantly found in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. The male and female of this bird species look alike, with a vibrant blue coloration on the head, back, and wings, contrasting with greenish-blue on the lower body.

One of the unique features of this bird is its long, sharp beak that helps it to catch and eat small fish, insects, and reptiles, especially lizards, which are its primary prey. The Blue-eared Kingfisher lives near water bodies, like rivers, streams, and ponds, where it perches on the branches and swoops down to grab its prey. It builds its nest in holes and cavities near the water, using mud and saliva to make the walls sticky and create a cup-shaped nest.

These birds are solitary creatures that are very territorial and protective of their nests. They are most active in the early morning and late afternoon when they hunt and forage for food. The Blue-eared Kingfisher is a swift flyer and can dart over water at an incredible speed to catch its prey. In addition to its excellent fishing skills, the bird has an array of vocalizations, including high-pitched trills, squeaks, and whistles that it uses to communicate with its mate and defend its territory.

Unfortunately, the Blue-eared Kingfisher is facing various threats that put it on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species. Habitat loss, deforestation, and pollution of water bodies are the primary causes of the depleted population of this bird in several regions. Moreover, the trade of these birds is contributing to their dwindling numbers. Bird enthusiasts and poachers trap and sell Blue-eared Kingfishers as pets or for their feathers, causing further damage to the already shrinking population of this beautiful bird species.

In conclusion, the Blue-eared Kingfisher is a stunning bird with unique features and exceptional hunting abilities. However, the threats posed by humans have made its conservation a priority. Awareness and conservation efforts must be put in place to protect these wonderful birds and preserve their delicate ecosystems to ensure their survival.

Other names

Alcedo meninting



Blue-eared Kingfisher

blauet meninting



plavouhi vodomar

ledňáček modrohřbetý

Blåøret Isfugl



Martin-pêcheur méninting


Martin pescatore guanceblu


mėlynausis tulžys


zimorodek granatowy


Синеухий зимородок

Plavouhi vodomar

rybárik lesný

Martín pescador meninting


Meninting Yalıçapkını

рибалочка темно-синій



Raja-udang meninting

mangrovski vodomec