Stork-billed Kingfisher

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.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 16 September 2014
Scientific Name
Pelargopsis capensis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Pelargopsis
  • P. capensis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
13.8 to 15 inches
5 to 7.9 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 鹳嘴翡翠
Czech (Cesky) ledňáček gurial
Danish (Dansk) Blåvinget Storkenæbsisfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Ooievaarsbekijsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) sulttaanikalastaja
French (Français) Martin-chasseur gurial
German (Deutsch) Storchschnabelliest
Italian (Italiano) Martin pescatore becco di cicogna
Japanese (日本語) コウハシショウビン [kouhashishoubin]
Norwegian (Norsk) Storkenebbisfugl
Russian (русский язык) Аистоклювый гуриал
Spanish (Español) Alción Picocigüeña
Swedish (Svenska) Storknäbbskungsfiskare
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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