“A massive kingfisher with a large scarlet bill. Its regular contact call is a loud laughing “ka- ka-ka” repeated 6-10 times.
Generally found in lowland waterside habitats. Can be seen in primary rainforest, bamboo-forest and mangroves, but also in more open areas such as coconut plantations and paddy fields. Often seen perched on mangrove roots on seashore.
Mainly sedentary, with some local movements.
Perches quietly on branch overhanging water and sits vertically, with bill inclined, watching for prey and occasionally bobbing head or wagging tail. Main food is marine and freshwater fish, crabs and other crustaceans, but also takes frogs, lizards, rodents, young birds, also insects and insect larvae.
Globally least concern.”