White-Throated Kingfisher

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.

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Laughing Kookaburra

The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae novaeguineae) is the largest Australian kingfisher.

The Laughing Kookaburra is a stocky bird. It has a brown back, and brown wings with a blue patch. It has white underparts barred with dark-brown. Its tail is rufous (red-brown) with black bars. It has a white head with a broad, dark-brown eye stripe, and large brown eyes with a white eye-ring. It has a large beak that is black on top and bone-coloured on the bottom. It has pale bone-coloured legs.

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Malachite Kingfisher

The Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus cristatus) is a Sub-Saharan African bird. Malachite is a dark green mineral.

The Malachite Kingfisher has bright metallic blue upperparts with black bands, and a pale blue or green-blue forehead. Its head has a crest of black and blue feathers. Its face, cheeks, and underparts are rufous (red-brown), with white patches on its throat and neck. It has short, rounded wings.

It has a black beak when young, that turns red-orange in adulthood. Its legs are bright red.

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Giant Kingfisher

The Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima maxima) is the largest kingfisher in Africa, found from Senegal and Gambia to Ethiopia and south to South Africa. The second subspecies of Giant Kingfisher is (Megaceryle maxima gigantea) found mainly in western Africa.

The Giant Kingfisher is about 42 centimetres (16.5 inches) long, with a large shaggy crest, a large black beak and small white spots on black upperparts. The male has a chestnut breast band and white underparts. The female has a white-spotted black chest band and a chestnut belly.

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