A fairly rare bird, the blue-banded kingfisher (Alcedo euryzona) gets its name from the characteristic dull blue band across the breast of the adult male. The upperparts of this species are blackish-blue, with fine blue speckles on the wing-coverts (3). This species also has a bright silvery-blue line down the centre of its back, with darker cobalt blue on the rump that is only conspicuous in flight. The underparts of the blue-banded kingfisher are whitish (2) (3) (4).
The female blue-banded kingfisher also has blackish upperparts, although these are slightly more distinctively spotted than in the male (2). The breast of the female lacks the blue band present in the male, and is a rustier colour (2) (3) (4). The bill of the female has a more reddish hue than the male, which has a black bill (3).
The blue-banded kingfisher gives a harsh, short, sharp whistle during flight (5).
Two subspecies of the blue-banded kingfisher are recognised, Alcedo euryzona euryzona and Alcedo euryzona peninsulae. In A. e. euryzona, both sides of the throat, as well as the under-wing and under-tail coverts, are tinged with buff or yellow in the male, while the female has blue on the breast. A. e. peninsulae is distinguished by the male having a mottled breast-band, and the female having a dark orange breast (6).
- Length: 16.5 - 17.8 cm (2)
- Tail length: 4.3 - 4.8 cm (2)
- Bill length: 5.3 - 5.8 cm (2)