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. 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. Loud cackling call; coarse alarm cry. — Craig Brelsford


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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