The White Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) Pictures and Detail

White Throated Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis, Pictures,
White-Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 


The White-Throated Kingfisher


In the last six months, I came across White Throated Kingfisher more than 4 times. I found this bird mostly alone but very focused on its work. White-Throated Kingfisher remains stable at a place even if you go near it. Though its inquiries about you, it doesn't fear much like the other birds. 

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White Thraoted Kingfisher
White-Throated Kingfisher

[Update 8-2-20] It is not a hard thing to find this bird because it is widely available and I have always found a white-throated kingfisher around me and mostly, I have seen it alone. Except for particular times of the year, the white-throated Kingfisher is mostly a quiet bird and can be seen quietly waiting for it to pray. 
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White-Throated kingfisher in Wild

In the wild or in forests, you can sometimes find groups of White Throated Kingfisher birds with juvenile White-throated Kingfishers and we can see them doing many activities as shown in the pictures below. However, to see this, you need to go near their habitat. 

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White Throated Kingfisher training the baby

White Throated Kingfisher, Wings open,
White Throated Kingfisher with Wings open

White-Throated Kingfisher always remains focused on catching the insect and make a sudden dive to catch it. White-Throated Kingfisher bird loves to search for food alone; though they can be found in a social environment when near to their nests. They take care of their kids well.
White Throated Kingfisher, Front
Front White Throated Kingfisher


Maybe this bird likes to unite in the mating season only. The scientific name of this bird is (Halcyon smyrnensis). This kingfisher is classified as a Tree Kingfisher. They are also called white-breasted kingfisher or Smyrna kingfisher.

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White Throated Kingfisher
We can find slight variations in their colors as per the location, In the above two pictures of white-throated Kingfisher, you can see bluish color or wings while in the next four pictures, you can see the greenish color of the wings.

The above two pictures were taken at Harike Wetland near Ferozpur (Punjab) and below four pictures were taken near Ropar (Punja). Therefore, this bird is a common sight in most of Punjab (India). 


White Thraoted Kingfisher, insect
White Throated Kingfisher with insect in mouth

When you are taking the picture of White Throated Kingfisher then sometimes, you get a chance to capture its dive to capture insects.

White-Throated Kingfisher is widely distributed in Asia from Turkey to the Philippines. This bird enjoys staying at a single place or location, though, sometimes it may make small movements.
Dive, Kingfisher
Dive of Kingfisher
The main diet of White Throated Kingfisher includes insects, small fishes, frogs, rodents and small reptiles. It is common to see this bird seating on trees and wires. They generally live in the plains; however, some of white-throated Kingfisher birds are reported to be seen in high hills.


The good news about White Throated Kingfisher is that they are not endangered species of birds and we can see them often around us.

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The breeding season of White Throated Kingfisher starts with the onset of monsoon. During this season, it is common to hear calls of make kingfisher bird in the morning.

White Throated Kingfisher, Wire
White Throated Kingfisher


It is common to witness this bird if you look around the trees and wires. They sit at a place for a long time because they search for insects and fly to catch them.
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White Throated Kingfisher
White-Throated Kingfisher is a fearless bird in the wild and they can get close to you when you are taking their pictures. The best place to take their pictures is to find their nests where dozens of these birds live nearby.




All Pics of White Throated Kingfisher taken by Arvind katoch 

 Video Presentation of White Throated Kingfisher Pictures

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Some Important Points about White throated Kingfisher -

The white-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) is a colorful and widespread bird species known for its vibrant plumage and distinctive characteristics. Here are the main points about the white-throated kingfisher:
Taxonomy and Classification: The white-throated kingfisher belongs to the family Alcedinidae, which includes kingfishers and related species. Its scientific name is Halcyon smyrnensis.
Distribution and Habitat: This species is widely distributed across parts of Asia, from Turkey and the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia. It occupies a variety of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands, urban areas, and near water bodies like rivers, lakes, and coasts.
Physical Characteristics: The white-throated kingfisher is a medium-sized bird with a distinctive appearance. It has a striking blue back, wings, and tail, with a white throat and breast, and a reddish-brown belly and undertail. The head features a large, prominent, and sturdy black beak and a distinctive white spot behind the eye.
Diet and Feeding Behavior: The white-throated kingfisher primarily feeds on a diet of insects, fish, crustaceans, amphibians, and occasionally small reptiles and birds. It perches on branches or wires, scanning for prey, and dives to capture its food.
Behavior and Lifestyle: White-throated kingfishers are known for their loud and distinctive calls, which often consist of a series of "kek-kek-kek" sounds. They are generally solitary birds but may be seen in pairs during the breeding season.
Breeding and Nesting: The breeding season typically occurs from March to June. They excavate nest holes in river banks or similar sites, often using the burrows of other animals. The female usually lays a clutch of eggs and both parents take turns incubating the eggs and caring for the young.
Conservation Status: The white-throated kingfisher is generally considered a species of least concern in terms of conservation status, indicating that it is not currently facing significant threats to its population.
Significance and Cultural Associations: In some cultures, kingfishers are associated with good luck or positive attributes. In Indian folklore, the white-throated kingfisher is often seen as a symbol of protection and prosperity.

Understanding these key points provides a good overview of the white-throated kingfisher, its characteristics, behavior, and significance in its habitat.

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