Kingfishers and Allies

Photos of the three kingfisher subfamilies tree (Halcyoninae), river (Alcedininae), and water (Cerylinae) that belong to the kingfisher (Alcedinidae) family feature in the first gallery. I photographed these in woodland, tropical forest, garden, swamp, and lake habitat.

The second gallery displays images of the bee-eaters (Meropidae), rollers (Coraciidae) and hornbills (Bucerotidae) families. These kingfisher allies and hornbills mainly inhabit forests.


Kingfisher Notes

All kingfisher species featured in the gallery are ‘Red List 2019’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’. I’ve photographed these species in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Trinidad.

The kingfishers (Alcedinidae) family is one of my favourite cosmopolitan bird species to photograph. Singapore has five tree and three river kingfisher species. I now photographed four tree and two river kingfisher species.

Australia has thirteen kingfisher species, although three species are rare or accidental.  The gallery features three tree kingfishers: a laughing and a blue-winged kookaburra together with a forest kingfisher. Only the laughing kookaburra is endemic to Australia. Along with azure and little kingfishers from the river kingfisher family that I photographed in the Northern Territories. The gallery also includes two images of water (Cerylinae) kingfisher in Trinidad.

Kingfisher Allies

Kingfisher Allies Notes

All the kingfisher allies featured in the gallery are ‘Red List 2019; assessed as ‘Least Concern’.

I’ve photographed the featured species in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. The featured blue-throated and blue-tailed occur in South East Asia while the rainbow bee-eater occurs in Australasia and the oriental dollarbird in Asia and Australasia.

Singapore bird checklists include three species of hornbill. The Oriental pied hornbill (ssp convexus), the black hornbill and the great hornbill, the latter two are rare/accidental.

 Oriental pied hornbill became locally extinct in Singapore in the nineteenth century. Pulau Ubin seems to have has a few individuals with a pair sighted in 1994. Singapore’s NParks and Jurong Bird Park have re-introduced the oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris convexus) back into the successfully released birds into the wild at Bukit Timah in 2008 and Pulau Ubin in 2013. There are now over 100 hornbills all over Singapore. My first photographic recording of pied hornbill was on Pulau Ubin back in 2011, before the re-wilding release. I’ve also included a photo of a foraging bird in my behaviours image gallery.

Kingfishers and Allies Taxonomy

The Lanbirds I Webpage describes the higher-level taxonomy for the kingfisher and allies families.