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Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher has Spotted from Thattekad, Kerala

13 October 2010 4 Comments

After a long 15 years, we once again heard the wing flaps of Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) from Kerala, that too from Thattekad, one of the famous bird sanctuary here. The bird is also known as Black Backed Kingfisher or Three Toed Kingfisher in many places.

It was in 1995, last time it is reported from Thattekad. Dr. R Sugathan the famous ornithologist and a student of Dr. Salim Ali, identified one Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher near a stream inside the sanctuary. Two weeks back, Ornithologists spotted this beautiful bird once again close to a stream near the watchtower. This time they were lucky enough to take several photos of this colorful bird, as the report says. Anyway, this is a wonderful news to nature enthusiasts and bird watchers in Kerala. We are excited very much and hope this would lead to some serious surveys to discover more about its population and distribution in Kerala.

According to many books and available records, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is possibly found near to streams in high dense forests of Western Ghats. But even at the bird survey conducted in 1933 by Dr. Salim Ali himself, he could only spot this bird from the Ashambu Hills (Agasthyar Hills). He has mentioned this in his famous Ornithology book, Birds of Kerala. Due to the large volume of habitat loss the chances might have become very rare to locate one. Only a few times it is reported from Kerala so far.

oriental dwarf kingfisher
This photo was taken from Thattekad (as it claims) by collaertsbrothers

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher ( Ceyx erithaca)

The size is just 14cms for this kingfisher, the smallest found in Kerala.

This is the most beautiful and colorful bird among other Kingfishers. You will be amazed to see the brilliant mixing of colors like orange, black, violet, yellow, blue and red on its small body.

Colorization: Its head is in orange color with a glittering bright violet shade. The upper-parts are in black with shiny blue lines. The throat is in white color and full of bright orange colored lines in the bottom. The beak is in orange with a shade of yellow color for adults.

The juveniles are less colorful.


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