White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

The White-throated Kingfisher (Halycon smyrnensis) is a very wide-ranging species occurring from eastern Europe (e.g., Bulgaria) through Turkey, western, southern, and south-eastern Asia until the Philippines in the far east. I have seen these colourful birds quite commonly during my trips through India (e.g., perching on trees above the waterways of Alleppey, Kerala, or around the ruins of Hampi, Karnataka, in September 2011 as well as in the desert-city of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, in January 2014). Unlike other kingfishers, the birds also live far away from larger water bodies as they prey not only on fish, crabs, and amphibians, but also on reptiles, insects, small rodents, and even other birds.

White-throated Kingfisher in Jaisalmer

White-throated Kingfisher in Jaisalmer

White-throated Kingfisher in Hampi

White-throated Kingfisher in Hampi

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

White-throated Kingfisher in Alleppey

5 responses to “White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

  1. The kingfishers are such brightly coloured birds, aren’t they? We’re not familiar with this species, but it certainly doesn’t let the family down in terms of beautiful plumage.

    Great photographs Matthias!

    • thank you!! The White-throated Kingfisher does not occur in Africa… but of course there are a lot of relatives over there…
      I hope you have a good time and I am looking forward to see more of your safari-photos!!

      • We certainly do have a couple of cousins here in South Africa. The Brown-hooded (Halcyon albiventris) is probably the most common, but it is the “chip-cherrrrrrrr” call of the Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) that is synonymous with summer in the bushveld. We’re lucky to hear them call here in Pretoria from time to time, and then I’m instantly transported to the banks of the Shingwedzi River in Kruger Park (in my mind at least). *Sigh*..

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