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White-throated Kingfisher | by ZILL NIAZI
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White-throated Kingfisher

I was very lucky to capture him this morning while I was after the White-capped Water-redstart. That's really two birds with one stone!


The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, east through South Asia to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds. During the breeding season they call loudly in the mornings from prominent perches including the tops of buildings in urban areas or on wires.

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Taken on March 11, 2012