Stork-Billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), West Bengal, India - 21.02.08
Shot with Canon 400D
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.