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White-throated Kingfisher

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About the White-throated Kingfisher

Also known as: Smyrna Kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher

The White-throated Kingfisher is a large species of tree kingfisher that lives across southern parts of Asia and far eastern Europe. They feed on large insects, frogs, toads, and, of course, fish.

White-throated Kingfishers have a distinctive plumage consisting of bright blue feathers along the back and tail, dark chestnut on the flanks and head, and white at the throat and belly. Males and females have similar coloration, though females tend to be a bit duller. White-throated Kingfishers are also known as White-breasted Kingfishers or Smyrna Kingfishers.

The population trend for the White-throated Kingfisher is increasing, and the conservation status is Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 September 2014
Scientific Name Halcyon smyrnensis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Halcyon
  • H. smyrnensis
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 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
10.6 to 11 inches
2.6 to 3.9 ounces

International Names

  • 白胸翡翠 (Chinese)
  • Smyrnaisfugl (Danish)
  • Smyrnaijsvogel (Dutch)
  • smyrnankalastaja (Finnish)
  • Martin-chasseur de Smyrne (French)
  • Braunliest (German)
  • Martin pescatore di Smirne (Italian)
  • アオショウビン (Japanese)
  • Łowiec krasnodzioby (Polish)
  • AlciĆ³n de Esmirna (Spanish)
  • Smyrnakungsfiskare (Swedish)

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