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  Pied Kingfisher

 

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A Pied Kingfisher, spotted in Ranweli, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Like all other kingfishers, it can be recognized by its large head, long pointed bill, short legs and stubby tail, though it lacks the usual bright colours.

 

Yet, it has developed  two unique abilities, shared by no other kingfishers, i.e. to hunt in both salt and freshwater, and to eat small prey in flight, without having to return to a perch. This allows it to hunt over the sea or in estuaries that lack the perches needed by other kingfishers. See also List of Thai Animal Names.

INDEX BIRDS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

 

  Pied Kingfisher