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Sunday, January 20, 2008

White Throated Kingfisher

The White-throated Kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis, is a tree kingfisher which is generally spread in south Asia from Turkey east to the Philippines. This kingfisher is fundamentally occupant over much of its range, not together from seasonal movements.

The first of the alternative English names is to be favorite because the geographical name is too preventive for this widespread bird, and the easternmost race lacks a white breast.

This is a large kingfisher, 28 cm in length. The mature has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white.

There are four races opposed mostly in plumage shades, but H. s. glairs of the Philippines have only the neck and throat white. The flight of the White-throated Kingfisher is quick and straight, the short rounded wings whirring. The large bill and legs are intense red.

In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller adaptation of the adult. The call of this noisy kingfisher is a chuckling chake.

White-throated Kingfisher is a common class of a variety of habitats with some trees, and its range is expanding. It perches noticeably on wires or other exposed perches within its territory, and is a frequent sight in south Asia. This species mostly hunts large insects, rodents, snakes, fish and frogs. It is alleged to eat tired migratory passerine birds like Chiffchaffs where the opportunity arises.
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