Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52531

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Alcedinidae
Genus:Halcyon
Genus species:Halcyon smyrnesis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:26-28 cm
Identification:The white-throated kingfisher has a chestnut head, a red bill, a white throat and breast, blue upperwings, and a white underwing patch.
Habitat:Farmland, canals, fish ponds, lakes, streams, rivers
Diet:Carnivore: fish, tadpoles, lizards, insects
Reproduction:Nesting begins in March and continues through July. Horizontal tunnels are dug into the ground by both sexes. Inside, the female lays 4-7 eggs that are then incubated by her and the male.
The white-throated kingfisher is solitary except during the breeding season, where each bird frequents its own territory and it can be found there each day.
Behavior:The kingfisher's mode of hunting is to sit on some point of vantage commanding an open space, preferably grassy, and from thence to pounce upon its prey.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:When it has young to feed, the white-breasted kingfisher also takes birds and has been observed to kill different kinds of sunbirds, tailorbirds and spotted munias.

Other Information

Geographic:Middle East
Southern Asia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:White-throated kingfisher
perching birds
Kingfishers
Coraciiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52531