Spotted Wood Kingfisher

male Spotted Wood Kingfisher Actenoides lindsayi piskador kasay-kasay sakahang lilok farm tanay near manila philippines
male Spotted Wood Kingfisher from forested section of Lilok Farm

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher is a beautiful bird that can be seen in the tree-planted area of Lilok Farm.

Kingfishers (called “piskador” or “kasay-kasay”) get their name because they like to fish. But the Spotted Wood Kingfisher is special – it is the only kingfisher that doesn’t live near the water. Instead of hunting fish in the water, it hunts animals and small insects in the forest – that’s why it’s called a “wood” kingfisher.

Female Spotted Wood Kingfishers look very different from the males. While the male kingfisher’s head has beautiful blue and red marks, the female kingfisher has a pretty green color instead.

female Spotted Wood Kingfisher Actenoides lindsayi piskador kasay-kasay near manila philippines
female Spotted Wood Kingfisher (photo courtesy Bobby Kintanar)

Spotted Wood Kingfishers can be difficult to see in the daytime as they stay in dense forest, hiding among the branches or hunting on the ground. But if you walk around at night sometimes you can find them sleeping on a branch!

female Spotted Wood Kingfisher Actenoides lindsayi piskador kasay-kasay rizal re-creation center laguna near manila philippines
female Spotted Wood Kingfisher found at night in Rizal Re-creation Center

Where do they live?

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher is found in moist forests with lots of cover.

What do they eat?

They eat beetles and other insects, spiders, snails, small lizards, and frogs.

Are they dangerous?

No, not at all.

Are they in danger?

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher is widespread in the Philippines, but its numbers are decreasing because people are cutting down the forests it needs to survive.

What is their scientific name and classification?

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher is scientifically known as Actenoides lindsayi. It is a member of the Kingfisher family, small brightly-colored birds which usually live near water and like to hunt for fish.

Some other pictures of Spotted Wood Kingfishers

Have you seen any kingfishers at Lilok? Try waiting very quietly in the forested part of the farm for as long as you have the patience, and see what shows up!

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