The White Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) Pictures and Detail

White Thraoted Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher

The White Throated Kingfisher


In the last six months, I came across White Throated Kingfisher for 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, it inquires about you, but it doesn't fear much like the other birds.
White Throated Kingfisher, kingfisher, wild
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 Kinghers and we can see them doing many activities as shown in the pictures below.

White Throated Kingfisher, Training, Bird,
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 food alone; though they can be found in social environment when near to their nests. They take care of their kids well.
White Throated Kingfisher, Front
Front White Throated Kingfisher


May be this bird likes to unite in 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.

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

Above two pictures were taken at Harike Wetland near Ferozpur (Punjab) and below four pictures were taken near Ropar (Punja).


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 a widely distributed in Asia from Turkey to Philippines. This bird enjoy to stay at a single place or location, though, sometimes 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.

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 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.
White Throated Kingfisher, Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher is a fearless bird in the wild and they can 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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