Indian Bird – White-Throated Kingfisher:
The white-throated kingfisher also known as the white-breasted kingfisher is a tree bird, widely distributed in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian subcontinent to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short-distance movements.
The White-Throated kingfisher is a common species of a variety of habitats, mostly open country in the plains (but has been seen at 7500 ft in the Himalayas) with trees, wires, or other perches. The range of the species is expanding.
This kingfisher is widespread. Populations of Kingfisher not threatened. The average density of 4.58 individuals per square km has been noted in the Sundarbans mangroves.
Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis
Mass: 66 – 81 g Encyclopedia of Life
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population increasing)
Length: 19 – 21 cm Encyclopedia of Life
Higher classification: Halcyon
This is a large kingfisher, 27–28 cm (10.6–11.0 in) in length. The adult has a bright blue back, wings, and tail.
Its head, shoulders, flanks, and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white.
The large bill and legs are bright red. The flight of the white-throated kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring.
In-flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller version of the adult
Of all the Indian Birds, this bird is on top of my most favorite birds list. Its chirping calls are very unique kit-kit-kit…
kingfishers eat a variety of things like insets, fishes, earthworms, rodents, snakes, and frogs. And recently I have seen one of the birders recorded kingfisher eating ”green bee-eater” bird. White-Throated Kingfisher also eats small chicks of other birds that makes is one of the most skilled birds of prey.
They are amongst the smallest birds of prey.