White-throated Kingfisher

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 September 2014
Scientific Name
Halcyon smyrnensis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Halcyon
  • H. smyrnensis
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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
10.6 to 11 inches
2.6 to 3.9 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白胸翡翠
Danish (Dansk) Smyrnaisfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Smyrnaijsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) smyrnankalastaja
French (Français) Martin-chasseur de Smyrne
German (Deutsch) Braunliest
Italian (Italiano) Martin pescatore di Smirne
Japanese (日本語) アオショウビン
Polish (Polski) Łowiec krasnodzioby
Spanish (Español) Alción de Esmirna
Swedish (Svenska) Smyrnakungsfiskare
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