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Stork-billed Kingfisher

Striated Caracara
Steller's Sea Eagle

About the Stork-billed Kingfisher

Also known as: Brown-headed Kingfisher

The Stork-billed Kingfisher is a stocky species of tree kingfisher found across India and southeast Asia. At least fifteen subspecies are recognized by ornithologists. The bird is also known as the Brown-headed Kingfisher.

Stork-billed Kingfishers have greenish-blue or blue feathers on the back and wings, buffy feathers across the neck and chest, and olive-brown heads. The different subspecies have plumage variations, but all have very large and heavy bills for which the species is named.

Stork-billed Kingfishers feed on fish, crabs, reptiles, large insects, and even other birds. They usually hunt for prey from a perched position. The Stork-billed Kingfisher has a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 September 2014
Scientific Name Pelargopsis capensis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Pelargopsis
  • P. capensis
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 30 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
13.8 to 15 inches
5 to 7.9 ounces

International Names

  • 鹳嘴翡翠 (Chinese)
  • ledňáček gurial (Czech)
  • Blåvinget Storkenæbsisfugl (Danish)
  • Ooievaarsbekijsvogel (Dutch)
  • sulttaanikalastaja (Finnish)
  • Martin-chasseur gurial (French)
  • Storchschnabelliest (German)
  • Martin pescatore becco di cicogna (Italian)
  • コウハシショウビン [kouhashishoubin] (Japanese)
  • Storkenebbisfugl (Norwegian)
  • Аистоклювый гуриал (Russian)
  • Alción Picocigüeña (Spanish)
  • Storknäbbskungsfiskare (Swedish)

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The Stork-billed Kingfisher is found across parts of India and southeast Asia. Another name for this species if Brown-headed Kingfisher. There are at least 15 recognized subspecies, all with different plumage variations. ... more