The stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis, formerly Halcyon capensis), is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. This kingfisher is resident throughout its range.



It is a very large kingfisher, measuring 35 to 38 cm (14 to 15 in) in length. The adult has a green back, blue wings and tail, and grey head. Its underparts and neck are buff. The very large bill and legs are bright red. The flight of the stork-billed kingfisher is laboured and flapping, but direct. Sexes are similar. There are 15 races or subspecies, differing mostly in plumage detail, but P. c. gigantea of the Sulu Islands has a white head, neck and underparts. The call of this noisy kingfisher is a low and far reaching peer-por-por repeated about every 5 seconds, as well cackling ke-ke-ke-ke-ke-ke.

The stork-billed kingfisher lives in a variety of well-wooded habitats near lakes, rivers, or coasts. It perches quietly whilst seeking food, and is often inconspicuous despite its size. It is territorial and will chase away eagles and other large predators. This species hunts fish, frogs, crabs, rodents and young birds.

Adults dig their nests in river banks, decaying trees, or tree termite nests. A clutch of two to five round white eggs is typical.



Stork-billed Kingfisher
Date Location Count
2021-02-22 10:00Salvador do Mundo Fields1
2021-02-21 07:30Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary,Chorao1
2021-02-17 07:30Zuari River2
2021-03-04 17:00Nagoa Fields1
2021-02-10 16:36Carambolim Lake & Surroundings (IBA)
2021-03-01 08:00Betalbatim1
2021-03-03 07:50Carambolim- Dhado Wetland Complex- IBA
2021-02-24 07:22Cumbarjua Canal2
2021-02-22 10:30Udear Springs
2021-02-10 09:20Maina-Raia Wetlands1
2021-02-28 07:05Tambdi Surla- Mahadev Temple and Surroundings1
2021-02-28 08:00kuchegar , kaiga2
2021-02-13 16:31Kali River Bridge, Badgund1
2021-03-05 07:45Aghanashini River Bank1
2021-03-03 07:40Kelaginakeri Wetlands and Paddyfields2
2021-02-28 07:10Kodi--Kundapura1
2021-02-04 10:05Gujjarbettu Paddyfields1
2021-02-14 07:36Barkur Wetlands -- Saasthana1
2021-02-26 07:20Anejari Butterfly Camp, Mookambika WLS2
2021-02-27 09:00Mattu -- Bridge Area1
2021-02-28 16:45Kemthoor -- Hanging Bridge and Check Dam2
2021-02-07 17:35Manipal Lake1
2021-02-07 07:06Dasharath Nagar -- Arbi Falls side1
2021-02-23 08:27Herga Temple Road, Herga1
2021-02-21 06:53Eshwar Nagar, Manipal1
2021-02-07 07:02Shettybettu 1 -- Bobbarya Sthana temple side1
2021-02-26 16:56Golikatte1
2021-02-22 07:46Shettybettu 3 Parkala School Side1
2021-03-03 08:04Chitrapu Estuary, Mulki2
2021-02-28 16:20Kenjar Wetlands, Mangalore2
2021-03-05 06:55Manjalpaade, Mangalore1
2021-02-18 07:45Seethanadhi Nature camp, Someshwara, Karnataka1
2021-02-13 09:12Mangalore University--Main Campus1
2021-02-14 08:43Durga Water Falls1
2021-02-16 17:06Kambar Dam1
2021-02-21 08:05Bhagvathi Nature Camp1
2021-03-04 09:22Peralathvayal1
2021-03-03 17:31Chemmattamvayal1
2021-03-05 07:36Ezhome1
2021-02-09 06:45Kunnumkai1
2021-03-05 06:53Kattampally1
2021-02-09 06:48Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary--Muthodi1
2021-02-14 08:21Kakkad1
2021-02-16 07:25Karikkankandichira1
2021-02-18 07:45Kizhunna Beach1
2021-02-11 16:26Bhoj Wetland1
2021-02-26 09:15Wildlife Institute of India Campus1
2021-02-14 16:55Forest Research Institute (FRI), New Forest Campus1
2021-02-12 10:32Sarovaram Biopark, Kottoooli1
2021-02-24 08:42Haiderpur Wetlands and Bijnor Barrage1
2021-02-20 09:30Vanaparvam biodiversity park1
2021-03-05 07:09Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve1
2021-02-12 18:15Ayinichira1
2021-02-14 07:30Kole Wetlands--Uppungal (Malappuram)2
2021-02-13 18:22Kole Wetland--Cheravalloor1
2021-02-23 07:05Kole Wetlands--Uppungal 12
2021-02-14 17:41Punnayoor (South)1
2021-02-20 06:45Bharathapuzha ,Velliyankallu , Thrithala1
2021-03-02 06:45Komangalam wetland and adjacent woody zone, Koottanad1
2021-02-07 07:30Kole Wetlands--Murppara2
2021-02-27 17:59Pullu Paddy Fields1
2021-03-02 06:28Pullu2
2021-03-01 09:05Kole Wetlands--Puzhakal3
2021-02-17 05:10Thrissur Government Medical College1
2021-02-24 07:10Kole Wetlands--Puzhakkal4
2021-02-28 07:00Kole Wetlands--Palakkal1
2021-02-15 17:29Chembukkav--General Area1
2021-02-07 07:25Bandipur Tiger Reserve1
2021-02-21 08:23Kole Wetlands--Nedumbal1
2021-02-23 07:30Kole Wetlands--Muriyad2
2021-02-21 18:30Kerala Agricultural University--General Area1
2021-02-14 07:15Vazhani Reservoir1
2021-03-03 06:45Satpura Tiger Reserve (Overall)1
2021-02-14 09:38Puthuvype--Beach1
2021-02-12 06:20Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ರಂಗನತಿಟ್ಟು ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾಮ2
2021-02-13 07:00Indraprastha ಇಂದ್ರಪ್ರಸ್ಥ1
2021-03-04 06:01Satpura Tiger Reserve--Churna1
2021-02-07 09:02Kadamakudy--Valiya Kadamakkudy2
2021-02-19 07:39Kadamakudy--Thundathumkadavu1
2021-02-04 17:30Mayannur1
2021-02-22 17:00Kochi--South Chittoor(Near Aster Medicity)1
2021-02-21 08:24Naguvanahalli1
2021-02-15 10:14Eloor--Vadakumbhagam[Sub Cell-59,6,7]1
2021-03-02 18:30Madai to Tekapar1
2021-03-03 14:14Satpura Tiger Reserve--Denwa backwaters2
2021-02-15 12:12kondailip Resort (limited Access)1
2021-03-04 08:41Changaram Wetlands -- Ezhupunna1
2021-02-14 16:46Arrattuvazhi Wetlands - Vettackal1
2021-02-13 18:17Vettakkal A Block1
2021-02-10 16:38kottalappadam wetlands - Pattanakkad1
2021-02-14 07:26Perumbalam1
2021-02-12 17:25Thiruvankulam--Kavaleeswaram (Paddy Field)1
2021-02-27 10:24Thumboormuzhy River Garden1
2021-02-13 07:01Thycattussery1
2021-03-04 08:26Mattumala Hillock1
2021-02-13 14:52Rajagiri School Campus Area - Manappuram (Limited Access)1
2021-02-21 07:44Corbett NP--Dhikala1
2021-02-18 06:41Kanda1
2021-02-12 08:15Palakkad Hills--Elival Foothills1
2021-02-26 16:50Kuttanad Wetlands--Poovathumkari1
2021-02-08 07:30Vazhachal Forest Division--Athirapilly1
2021-02-14 07:41Athirappilly--Water Falls1
2021-02-26 08:37Kuttanadu Wetlands--Kallara--Paravanthuruthu1
2021-02-14 10:49Vazhachal Forest Division--Vazhachal1
2021-02-14 08:29Vazhachal Waterfalls1
2021-02-14 07:30Pallassana, Palakkad1
2021-02-06 08:20Markalu Kere ಮಾರ್ಕಲ್ ಕೆರೆ2
2021-02-14 09:30Rosefinch Valley-Nelliyampathy Ghats1
2021-02-19 16:481st river feeding Malampuzha dam, Kava1
2021-02-12 07:09Paddy fields near Ilayabhagavathy temple, Kanjikode, Kerala, IN1
2021-02-12 16:00Good Shepherd College1
2021-02-23 15:15Kuttanad Wetlands--Melpadam1
2021-03-02 16:52Kuttanad Wetlands-Kudavallari1
2021-02-28 08:07Thattekad Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary1
2021-03-04 08:00Dehliya Camp1
2021-02-19 07:00Border of Salim Ali BS --Kuttampuzha1
2021-02-05 07:45Kambalathara Vengalakkayam Reservoir1
2021-02-12 17:35Perur Puttuveeki Lake1
2021-02-06 07:20Sengulam Lake, Coimbatore1
2021-02-07 06:55Pavubma-Thodiyoor Bridge Road, Pavumba, Kerala, IN1
2021-02-13 07:25Karingali Puncha, Pandalam1
2021-03-04 08:53Aathupollachi (ஆத்துப்பொள்ளாச்சி)2
2021-02-11 17:50Vayanakavu Temple--Kudayathur1
2021-02-06 18:05Ambarampalayam1
2021-02-13 08:52Aliyar dam1
2021-02-21 06:33Polachira1
2021-02-22 06:30Cauvery WLS--Galibore2
2021-02-12 08:00Pandithitta
2021-02-23 08:04Periya Kulam, Udumalpet3
2021-02-26 08:20Museum Bain's Compound2
2021-02-13 15:08Jamraasi Talaab2
2021-02-26 07:56Tenmala--Dam Entrance2
2021-02-21 07:00Gorewada Lake, Nagpur2
2021-02-25 16:32Idumban Kulam, Palani2
2021-02-26 07:14Pench Tiger Reserve--Kolitmara1
2021-02-06 16:44Pench Tiger Reserve--Turia Zone1
2021-02-19 07:00United-21 Tiger Camp Resort, Bhamdeli, Moharli2
2021-02-10 19:00Pilibhit Tiger Reserve1
2021-02-16 07:00Ghodaghodi Lake and Important Bird Area1
2021-03-04 06:45Flame of the Forest Safari Lodge1
2021-02-15 07:14Sterling Kanha2
2021-02-16 06:21Banjaar Tola1
2021-02-25 08:00Anawilundawa Bird Sanctuary2
2021-02-20 07:26Beddegana Wetland Park1
2021-02-13 06:36Diyasaru Park Thalawathugoda1
2021-02-16 08:00Thalagama Lake (and surrounding wetlands)1
2021-02-20 05:30Meethirigala5
2021-02-23 08:00Kitulgala--Kelani Valley/Makandawa Forest Reserve2
2021-03-05 07:21Matara--Kirala Kele Sanctuary2
2021-03-03 15:15Bundala NP (General)1
2021-02-06 14:47Debarawewa Lake2
2021-02-08 15:46Chitwan National Park - Baghmara Buffer Zone1
2021-02-19 07:50Chitwan National Park - Sauraha Rapti River Dike2
2021-02-21 07:20Ekamra Kanan, Bhubaneshwar1
2021-02-28 07:30Sitakund1
2021-02-05 08:36Maithon Dam PAB1
2021-02-21 08:27Karnail Singh Park, Chittaranjan PAB1
2021-02-16 13:27Jagatpur Lake, Bhagalpur1
2021-02-21 17:10Hanuman Mandir Dam PAB1
2021-02-06 08:00Panchalingeswar1
2021-02-14 09:20Durgapur Barrage1
2021-02-15 10:30SIPHON DVC CANAL PUB1
2021-03-01 13:17Bara Sagardighi Fish Farm1
2021-02-13 16:40Gangarampur Village1
2021-02-13 07:48Gouripur Beel2
2021-02-28 06:27Sujapur Oxbow Lake1
2021-02-14 10:20Lalbag Court Station1
2021-02-19 09:45Sagar Island1
2021-02-25 04:00Gajoldoba Barrage JG2
2021-02-23 07:00Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary PUB2
2021-03-01 06:30Diara2
2021-02-20 11:30Indian Botanic Garden, Kolkata2
2021-02-28 08:15Altara Math - Mankundu - Hooghly1
2021-02-14 07:10Baidyabati DVC Canal1
2021-02-28 06:33Nabagram 1 no. ground1
2021-02-12 09:30Mankundu1
2021-02-17 06:30Chetla Forest3
2021-02-05 09:10Alipore Zoo2
2021-02-16 15:17Bally Khal1
2021-02-07 11:00Frazergunj1
2021-03-04 07:20Rabindra Sarovar (including Lion's Safari Park)1
2021-02-09 14:30Bhatikhana wetlands JG1
2021-02-14 07:31Kasba1
2021-02-12 14:20Teesta riverbed JG1
2021-02-20 07:30Teesta Spar JG1
2021-02-19 11:40Henry's island1
2021-02-24 07:00Baruipur Marshes1
2021-02-15 07:30Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary (CKBS)1
2021-03-04 17:30New Barrackpur, Kolkata1
2021-02-25 09:01Nalban Bheri1
2021-02-12 16:18Mallikpur Dakshin Hindupara1
2021-03-04 07:09Rajshahi University Campus (Rajshahi)2
2021-02-14 14:57Jaguli grassland2
2021-02-21 09:37Hijuli Forest2
2021-02-24 13:56SundarbansTiger Reserve--Dobanki camp2
2021-02-25 15:30Sunderbans Tiger Reserve1
2021-02-27 06:52National Botanical Garden - Dhaka2
2021-02-21 07:05Bhawal NP2
2021-02-17 06:28Manas NP--Mathanguri1
2021-02-17 16:11Bansbari Range, Manas National Park1
2021-02-20 06:00Manas NP--Bhuyanpara (Eastern Range)1
2021-03-03 15:46Gauhati University Campus1
2021-02-13 14:50Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati1
2021-03-03 06:00Rema-Kalenga WS2
2021-02-12 06:35Hazarikhil WS1
2021-02-20 08:30Pobitora WLS2
2021-03-04 08:02Chittagong University Campus (Chittagong)1
2021-02-14 09:05Orang National Park1
2021-03-04 06:25Kaziranga NP--Western Range3
2021-02-12 17:38Kaziranga NP--Western & Central Ranges2
2021-02-14 06:09The Corbett Foundation, Kaziranga1
2021-02-22 13:32Agaratoli range of Kaziranga National Park1
2021-03-03 14:59Kaziranga East Zone, Assam, IN (26.664, 93.566)1
2021-02-14 08:47Kaziranga NP--Agoratoli Range Headquarters2
2021-03-01 21:51Bormukoli Pothar1
2021-02-21 06:05Chouldari2
2021-02-27 06:42Ograbraj Wetlands1
2021-03-04 04:34Ograbraj Wetland 33
2021-02-13 15:50Ograbraj Wetland3
2021-02-18 06:00Ograbraj1
2021-02-07 03:45Jorakaan- Sippighat wetlands2
2021-02-13 15:40Chidiyatapu--Wild Grass Resort (W)1
2021-02-28 06:41Sippighat-21
2021-02-18 15:00Sippighat2
2021-02-15 14:57Garacharma Wetlands1
2021-02-14 06:10Dr. BR Ambedkar IT5
2021-02-28 06:05Chidiya Tapu2
2021-02-15 06:00CARI-ICAR Campus1
2021-03-05 06:15Chidiyatapu1
2021-02-14 07:00Biological Park, Chidiyatapu.2
2021-02-24 06:00Neil Island2
2021-02-13 14:20Maguri Beel1
2021-02-26 11:01Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary--headquarters vicinity1
2021-02-26 11:41Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary--Chang Pheuk (Nok Yung) Observation Tower1
2021-03-05 09:15Kaeng Krachan NP--Km.9 vicinity1
2021-02-27 11:18Thung Luk Nok reedbeds and sand quarry1
2021-02-12 08:26Nakhon Pathom Land Development Station1
2021-02-13 15:12Nong Sarai1
2021-02-14 06:41Phihan Daeng paddies and reedbeds1
2021-02-27 07:03Bang Tabun Ok "Duck & Ibis" Lake1
2021-02-15 07:14Bueng Sam Joon1
2021-03-05 07:46Ban Kum aquaculture ponds and paddies1
2021-02-28 15:00Phutthamonthon Park2
2021-03-04 07:35Santi Wana Eco Community1
2021-02-13 07:54Rot Fai Park (Wachira Benchatat Park)1
2021-03-03 15:00Bang Kachao--Chaloem Phra Kiat 80 Pansa Park1
2021-02-22 07:28Bang Kachao--Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park1
2021-03-04 10:52Pathum Thani Rice Research Center1
2021-02-20 17:50Phueng Ruang paddies1
2021-02-23 06:06Suwintawong 47 Alley overgrown woods and marshes4
2021-02-07 08:35Bang Phra Non-hunting Area (general area)3
2021-02-23 15:17Bang Phra Non-hunting Area--Noen Wang Hin Forest Protection Unit1
2021-02-24 08:25Khao Khieo – Khao Chomphu Wildlife Sanctuary--headquarters1
2021-02-22 15:00Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy1
2021-02-16 08:16Pak Phli--Tha Ruea paddies1
2021-02-27 07:30Sungai Burung, Pulau Pinang5
2021-03-02 07:15Penang Botanical Gardens1
2021-02-16 07:45Pulau Burung Landfill3
2021-02-27 06:25Bang Lang NP--Halasah Waterfall trail and vicinity1
2021-02-07 06:53Lim Chu Kang Lane 31
2021-03-05 09:29Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve1
2021-03-02 08:27Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve - East inc. Kranji Nature Trail2
2021-03-03 18:02Kranji Marsh1
2021-03-04 08:07Jurong Lake Gardens (inc. Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden)1
2021-03-02 04:30Singapore Quarry at Dairy Farm Nature Park1
2021-02-19 07:20Bukit Timah Nature Reserve2
2021-03-05 15:51Hindhede Nature Park1
2021-02-17 07:00Central Catchment Nature Reserve1
2021-02-21 07:00Rifle Range Link1
2021-03-03 08:39Upper Peirce Reservoir Park1
2021-03-05 07:36CCNR--Jelutong Tower1
2021-02-11 18:40Lower Peirce Reservoir Park1
2021-02-14 08:14Singapore Botanic Gardens Eco Lake1
2021-02-28 09:00Windsor Nature Park including Venus Drive and Venus Loop1
2021-02-14 06:55Bukit Brown Cemetery1
2021-02-06 16:17Khatib Bongsu1
2021-03-02 18:15MacRitchie Reservoir Park1
2021-02-13 09:05Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park1
2021-02-28 11:56Hampstead Wetlands Park (formerly Baker St. pond)1
2021-03-05 08:06Satay by the Bay1
2021-02-07 07:15Marina East (Gardens by the Bay: Bay East / Marina Barrage)1
2021-02-28 16:00Lorong Halus Wetland (inc. Serangoon Reservoir and former 'Serangoon')1
2021-03-03 07:54Pasir Ris Park1
2021-02-14 08:57Tampines Eco Green1
2021-02-28 08:36Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Forest1
2021-03-05 10:41Pulau Ubin2