White-throated kingfisher

These birds are quite chatty, and their sounds are like a strong and determined rattling laugh

Assaf Levy

These kingfishers are quite adaptable, making homes in diverse environments such as woodlands, farmlands, and urban areas. You may spot them near water bodies like rivers, lakes, and ponds, as they are expert fishers. Their range extends across parts of Asia, including India, Southeast Asia, and even some Middle Eastern countries.

As the name suggests, the White-throated Kingfisher is a skilled fish hunter, but its diet is not limited to aquatic prey. It also enjoys a varied menu, including insects, crustaceans, small reptiles, and even small mammals. Perched on a high vantage point, these birds patiently wait for their prey before swiftly diving down to catch it with their sharp beaks.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Azerbaijan
2016
Bangladesh
2016
Bhutan
2016
Bulgaria
2016
Vagrant
Cambodia
2016
China
2016
Cyprus
2016
Vagrant
Egypt
2016
Greece
2016
Non-Breeding
Hong Kong
2016
India
2016
Indonesia
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Israel
2016
Jordan
2016
Kuwait
2016
Laos
2016
Lebanon
2016
Non-Breeding
Macao
2016
Seasonality Uncertain
Malaysia
2016
Myanmar
2016
Nepal
2016
Pakistan
2016
Qatar
2016
Vagrant
Saudi Arabia
2016
Non-Breeding
Singapore
2016
Sri Lanka
2016
Syria
2016
Taiwan
2016
Non-Breeding
Thailand
2016
Turkey
2016
UAE
2016
Vagrant
Vietnam
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No