Conservation status: LEAST CONCERN
Common name: Blue-Eared Kingfisher
Scientific name: Alcedo meninting
Diet: crustaceans, dragonfly larvae, and fish
Length: 16 – 17 cm (Adult)
Weight: 15 g – 24 g (Adult)
While the island provides a stopover point for many birds, Singapore also provides a home to many avian residents. The Kranji Marshes, a 56.8ha freshwater marshland near Sungei Buloh, houses more than 170 bird species. Among them, the blue-eared kingfisher is one of the marshland’s signatures species. The kingfisher is a solitary and shy bird, with eyes specialized to see clearly both in and outside of water. Although its global population is stable, it is a rare resident in Singapore and nationally endangered.
- BOH, SAMANTHA. “Birds’ Vacation Paradise”. The Straits Times, 2017, https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/birds-vacation-paradise.