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Birds of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Malay blue-banded kingfisher

In Thai: นกกะเต็นน้อยแถบอกดำ, nok kraten noi thaep ok dam

Binomial name: Alcedo peninsulae, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1830

The blue-banded kingfisher (Alcedo euryzona), is a species of kingfisher in the subfamily Alcedininae. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forest, and rivers.


The first formal description of the blue-banded kingfisher was by the Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1830. In his initial publication the binomial name was incorrectly printed as Alcedo cryzona but this was later corrected to Alcedo euryzona. The specific epithet euryzona is from the classical Greek eurus meaning "broad" and zōnē meaning "band" or "belt".

Two subspecies are recognised:

  • A. e. peninsulae Laubmann, 1941 – south Myanmar, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, southwestern Thailand and Borneo
  • A. e. euryzona Temminck, 1830 – Java

In a world list of non-passerine species published in 2014, del Hoyo and colleagues promoted A. e. peninsulae to species status with the vernacular name "Malay blue-banded kingfisher".

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Scientific classification

Alcedo peninsulae

Common names

  • English:
    • Malay blue-banded kingfisher
    • Blue-banded kingfisher
    • Javan blue-banded kingfisher
  • Thai: นกกะเต็นน้อยแถบอกดำ, nok kraten noi thaep ok dam

Conservation status

Critically Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Critically Endangered (IUCN3.1)


Malay blue-banded kingfisher (male)

Range Map

Distribution map of Malay blue-banded kingfisher, Alcedo peninsulae in Thailand
Range map of Alcedo peninsulae in Thailand