White Breasted Kingfisher

White Breasted OR White Throated Kingfisher
White Breasted kingfisher is also known as Smyrna kingfisher. This is a large kingfisher approximately 28cm in length. It is found in turkey, northern and central Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and also in india. The white-throated kingfisher begines breeding at the onset of the monsoons.Birds have sometimes been seen attracted to lights at night.With a powerful bill and rapid flight, these kingfishers have few predators when healthy and rare cases of predation by a black kite and a jungle crow may be of sick or injured birds.
The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders,flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white. The large bill and legs are bright red.


These birds were hunted for their bright feathers which were used to adorn hats in 1800s.

Photo taken at Jessore sanctuary when i was go for tracking. We stay night at forest quarters and at morning 6 am when we awake this two kingfishers standing on a fens of forest quarters. 
Camera model canon eos 1000d with 55-250mm lens, f/5.7, shutter speed 1/25 sec., ISO-200.

The call of this kingfisher is a chuckling chake-ake-ake-ake.
Hindi : Kilkila, Gujarati : Kalkaliyo

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