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Stork-Billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), West Bengal, India - 21.02.08 | by Candle Tree
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Stork-Billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), West Bengal, India - 21.02.08

Shot with Canon 400D

Lens: 100-400mm

Mode: Sports

 

26th February 2008 on EXPLORE at # 500

 

It is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in tropical south Asia from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia. This kingfisher is essentially resident throughout its range.

 

Very large at 35 cm in length the Stork-billed Kingfisher is a species of a variety of well-wooded habitats near lakes, rivers or coasts. It is territorial and will chase away eagles and other large predators. This species hunts fish, frogs, crabs, rodents and young birds.

 

Stork-billed Kingfisher digs its nest in a river bank, decaying tree, or a tree termite nest. A clutch of 2-5 round white eggs is typical.

  

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Taken on February 26, 2008