Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 240 - White-throated Kingfisher.

As you may have noticed, sometimes get become more than a little amused at the way birds are given their common names.  After all, these names are there to help us sort and understand the world.  However, we end up with larks that are not larks, magpies that arenot magpies and all other manner of strange names.

But this weeks seems even more strange - The White-throated Kingfisher does have a white throat, but it's best field marks are the white patches in its wings and the wonderful teal blue of its back.  Of course, neither of these are mentioned in the common name!  Go figure!

Despite its rather exotic looks the White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) is reasonably common in India, and I got some really good views of this species.

I'm pretty sure that this bird falls into the broad category of 'cracking birds'!







As with almost all of my Indian bird shots these were taken at the Sultanpur National Park.

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29 comments:

NatureFootstep said...

lovely! It really have a different coloring. Odd colors for sure. But as all kingfishers a gorgeous one :) Thanks for sharing!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a cool looking Kingfisher. The colors are beautiful. Another great bird, I wish I could see one day! Thanks for hosting. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Phil Slade said...

This was always one of the most common birds I saww in my five visits to India. Named Smyrna Kingfisher then there was always one hanging about the garden as we had breakfast outdoors. Happy days!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

OMG it is beautiful. I looked at the pictures as I scrolled down to link and wondered about the name. Then I came back and read your wordds. How strange somebody named it the way they did. Even if it did have a white-throat, I'd think that amazing teal color would definitely be in its name.

What a wonder to be able to bird at that National Park. Just amazing. Thank you for hosting, as ever.

Connie Smiley said...

Stewart, those are great shots of an amazing bird. I don't believe I've ever even seen pictures of it. Who could imagine such a creature? Somebody should let you name the birds, though.

Brian King said...

That is one gorgeous Kingfisher! Love the bill! Beautiful photos!

Andrea Priebe said...

You can't beat Mother Nature when it comes to color schemes. I sure wish I had a common bird that looked like this. So beautiful and your pictures are excellent. You must have been on a high seeing all of the birds ... and now, poor you, you have to go home to the "common" Australian birds, Ha! Looks like you had a great time. I perused you other posts and saw the mammals. What fun ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Beth said...

A cracking bird indeed!

Linda W. said...

Such a beautiful, unusual bird!

A Quiet Corner said...

What a striking bird, Stewart!!! I've only seen one Kingfisher here and compared to that one, ours looks like a goofy Blue Jay!!!...:)JP

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They certainly crack me up. Love those colors too.

Cheers

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Stewart, oh such a colourful bird... that glorious beak. Really wonderful, a compact special creature :D)
(I have tried to link up just now but it says it's not working at the moment ... I shall try again this afternoon) Cheers!

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, this is ascetically quite a brown bird but the beautiful teal of it's back and enormous red beak, make you take a second look! Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting this meme. Greetings Jo

Nora said...

I would just look at that bird all day. So exotic! Really am enjoying your travel Stewart! Hope to see more of the birds you collect up. cheers.

Findlay Wilde said...

Fantastic bird to see, a stunner.

Lea said...

A very colorful bird! Beautiful photos
I am surprised they didn't call it a Red-billed Kingfisher.
Hope you are having a great week!

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Love the colors!! Gorgeous.

Mosura said...

It's a cracking bird alright! Great shots. Looks like a different bird in the 'front on' shot.

LOLfromPasa said...

One day (she sighs).

photodoug said...

Stewart, what a colorful bird. Thanks for sharing

June Caedmon said...

What a beautiful bird! I'd love to get a shot at some of the Kingfishers we have in the States. They are all so colorful and unique.

Missy George said...

A beautiful little bird for sure..great shots..wonderful colors..I wonder if that beak ever throws him off balance..

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Fabulous shots. What a beak!

Linda said...

Wow, he has a king-sized beak! Love the teal feathers!

rupam sarma said...

Amazing pics.

Richard Pegler said...

Definitely 'a cracker', Stewart. Super captures!

Best wishes - - - Richard

Liz said...

What gorgeous colour! This is definitely a cracker!!

Mary Cromer said...

WOW again these are awesome, what a stunning bird and once again, I must congratulate you on marvelous captures. The images are wonderful!!!

Wandering Wren said...

Hey I'm with you, how about we start a movement for renaming to the teal-cloaked, ruby beaked, white throated Kingfisher!
From plain Wren x