White-throated Kingfisher

About the White-throated Kingfisher
Also known as: Smyrna Kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher
White-throated 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.

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Details & Statistics



The White-throated Kingfisher is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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