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Malaysian blue-banded kingfisher

Alcedo peninsulae

Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1830

In Thai: นกกะเต็นน้อยแถบอกดำ

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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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Alcedo peninsulae

Common names

  • English:
    • Malay blue-banded kingfisher
    • Malay blue-banded kingfisher
    • Blue-banded kingfisher
    • Javan blue-banded kingfisher
  • Thai: นกกะเต็นน้อยแถบอกดำ

Conservation status

Critically Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Critically Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (BirdLife)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (ONEP)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (BCST)


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Malay blue-banded kingfisher (male)

Range Map

Distribution map of Malaysian blue-banded kingfisher, Alcedo peninsulae in Thailand
  • Chaloem Phrakiat Thai Prachan National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Banthat Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Nam Khang National Park
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • San Kala Khiri National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
Range map of Alcedo peninsulae in Thailand