Brown-winged Kingfisher in Langkawi

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Langkawi Brown-winged Kingfisher

One of the star birds found in Langkawi Island is the Brown-winged Kingfisher, which was once assumed to be seen on this island in Malaysia. However, that is not true, as this cute little bird is also found in Southern Thailand.

However, in Malaysia, this unique bird is only seen in Pulau Langkawi and nowhere else. Unless there have been recent sightings that I am unaware of, please comment and let me know.

Brown-winged Kingfisher in Langkawi

Langkawi Brown Winged Kingfisher Bird
A close-up of the kingfisher at Kubang Badak BioGeo Trail.

The Brown-winged Kingfisher (Pelargopsis amauroptera) is also known as the Brown-winged Stork-billed Kingfisher. It is similar in build to the Stork-billed Kingfisher except for its body colours.

This beautiful kingfisher feeds mainly on fish, crabs, and frogs; it is also spotted perching on mangrove branches. It makes a distinguishable harsh, cackling ‘chack chack’ sound.

Stork-billed Brown-winged Kingfisher
The kingfisher perched on a mangrove branch.
Brown Wing Kingfisher
The kingfisher calling out at Kubang Badak in Langkawi.
Langkawi Island Brown-winged Kingfisher
Kubang Badak BioGeo Trail is the best place to spot the kingfisher.

Video of Brown-winged Kingfisher


Where to See the Brown-winged Kingfisher in Langkawi?

There have been several locations where the Brown-winged Kingfisher has been spotted, but the most popular site to see this kingfisher is at the Kubang Badak BioGio Trail in the northwest part of Langkawi.

I have done bird watching here twice since 2020 and have seen the kingfisher here on both occasions. I have heard several reports of birders spotting the kingfisher around this part of Langkawi.

Birdwatching Kubang Badak
Wendy Chin at Kubang Badak, Langkawi.


To see the Brown-winged Kingfisher in Langkawi, you may have to engage a birdwatching guide, and one of them is no other than Wendy Chin, my regular bird guide when I visit the island.

Overall, any bird watcher or photographer will want to see any Langkawi star birds; therefore, you can arrange with your bird guide to spot some of these beautiful birds when you visit here.

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