The Rufous-backed Kingfisher (Ceyx rufidorsa) also known as the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, is one of the most beautiful kingfishers found in the tropics belonging to the Alcedinidae family. Its striking orange and yellow plumage is a sight to behold when it flits past, a brilliantly colored jewel with wings against the dark green of the tropical rainforest.
I was extremely fortunate to encounter this elusive kingfisher some time back in a leech infested Malaysian tropical rainforest. Here the adult has just caught a skink or lizard of some sort and perched momentarily on a branch, with a ray of sunlight shining down on it...a truly breathtaking sight to behold.
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