Stork-billed Kingfisher

Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis ranges India to Philippines and Greater Sundas. In China spottily reported southern and western Yunnan. Ssp. in region probably burmanica. ID Very large, with huge red bill; orange feet. Crown and sides of head pale brown. Mantle, wings, and tail mainly greenish-blue; rump turquoise. Neck and underparts buffish-orange. Juvenile duller, with dark scaling on breast. VOICE Loud cackling call; coarse alarm cry. — Craig Brelsford

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Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis
Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda
Black-capped Kingfisher H. pileata
White-throated Kingfisher H. smyrnensis
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris
Blue-eared Kingfisher Alcedo meninting
Common Kingfisher A. atthis
Blyth’s Kingfisher A. hercules
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca
Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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