Banded Kingfisher is one of those 'must see' birds in the forests of tropical SEA. It likes to sit motionless in upper or mid story level and is most frequently detected by its diagnostic call.
The male is lovely blue, brown, white and adorned with a strikingly red bill.
The birds like to raise its crown though I have no idea as to why except for the obvious beautifying aspect.
The female is all brown making it look like a different species.
These birds do not feed on fish but lizzards, frogs, scorpions, chicadas etc etc.
This pair was nesting and so I was able to get some shots at a decent range.
The nest was inside of an abandoned ball shaped ant nest.