The White-Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis fusca)is an Asian bird, specifically from west India and Sri Lanka. Other species are widespread in Asia, from Turkey to the Philippines.
The White-Throated Kingfisher has a bright blue back, wings, and tail. Its head, shoulders, sides, and lower belly are chestnut-coloured. Its throat and chest are white. It has a very large bright red beak and bright red legs. It has short, rounded wings.
It grows to about 28 centimetres (11 inches) tall.
The White-Throated Kingfisher prefers open, flat country. It is an arboreal tree kingfisher, living in trees.
It is omnivorous, eating reptiles, amphibians, crabs, insects, worms, snakes, fish, and small rodents.
The White-Throated Kingfisher builds a tunnel nest. Both parents build the nest. Females lay 4-7 round, white eggs, which take about 20-22 days to hatch.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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