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
2020-11-15 17:02Garva Agro Tourism1
2020-11-18 11:30Pat Talav (Lake), Malvan1
2020-11-22 11:32Pilerne Lake1
2020-11-02 06:30Socorro Plateau1
2020-11-01 07:06Salvador do Mundo Fields1
2020-11-08 10:55Batim Lake1
2020-11-08 11:43Neura Wetlands1
2020-11-25 08:00Maina-Raia Wetlands1
2020-11-08 07:00Ganjem bridge1
2020-11-03 17:09Jackwell, Near Supa Dam, Ganeshgudi1
2020-11-15 17:00Pavinkurva South (Hanging Bridge), Karki2
2020-11-22 07:30Babaji Ki Paal--Kanota Dam1
2020-11-21 08:58Malyadi lake, Kundapura1
2020-11-26 08:02Gujjarbettu Paddyfields1
2020-11-22 07:02Barkur Wetlands1
2020-11-24 11:17Barkur Wetlands -- Bobbarya Temple1
2020-10-31 06:32Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary2
2020-11-10 11:40Anekere Lake, Karkal, karnataka1
2020-11-15 13:10Durga Village, Karkala1
2020-11-19 15:35Peralathvayal1
2020-11-25 08:42Chemmattamvayal1
2020-11-05 16:44Kuniyan Wetlands1
2020-11-07 07:00Ezhome2
2020-11-26 06:30Kattampally1
2020-11-23 06:27Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary--Lakkavalli1
2020-11-27 07:13Karikkankandichira1
2020-11-13 06:29Munderi Kadavu Bird Sanctuary1
2020-11-08 06:35Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary--Muthodi2
2020-11-02 12:11Kadumane Estate1
2020-10-31 07:00Mahe3
2020-11-06 16:00Kheoni Wildlife Sanctuary1
2020-11-28 07:28Sarovaram Biopark, Kottoooli1
2020-11-03 07:29Vazhoorhills,Vazhayur, Kerala1
2020-11-22 08:44Mavoor Wetlands1
2020-11-15 07:30Kole Wetlands--Maranchery1
2020-11-22 07:12Kole Wetlands--Uppungal (Malappuram)1
2020-11-27 17:27Kumaranellur1
2020-11-01 07:30Pattikkayal , Thrithala2
2020-11-27 06:20Chirankara pond1
2020-11-22 07:30Komangalam wetland and adjacent woody zone, Koottanad1
2020-11-15 06:52Kole Wetlands--Pullazhi1
2020-11-22 07:45Pullu1
2020-11-03 15:39Kole Wetlands--Puzhakal1
2020-11-27 16:57Kole Wetlands--Palakkal1
2020-11-07 07:07Chilla Range--Ganga Bank1
2020-11-25 07:30Kole Wetlands--Konthipulam II1
2020-11-19 07:30Kole Wetlands--Kondhipulam I1
2020-11-22 17:24Kole wetlands - Thommana2
2020-11-20 17:09Kerala Agricultural University--General Area1
2020-11-06 17:10North Paravur--Ezhikkara bridge1
2020-11-11 16:19Gujjar Basti, Gaindikhata1
2020-11-01 09:06Kaudiya/Gangabhogpur -- Rajaji NP1
2020-10-30 07:15Kadamakudy--Valiya Kadamakkudy1
2020-11-12 06:30Kadamakudy--Thundathumkadavu1
2020-11-08 07:40Koottilakadavu Branch1
2020-11-10 10:00Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary1
2020-11-27 16:06Kochi--Kandakkadavu Wetland2
2020-11-09 06:10Aluva--Elookkara(Madirath Padam)1
2020-11-22 15:16Changaram Wetlands -- Ezhupunna1
2020-11-01 08:15Kalamassery--HMT Estate Area1
2020-11-11 17:06kottalappadam wetlands - Pattanakkad1
2020-11-12 06:27Tripunithura--Kidangu Rd(Valia Kadu)2
2020-11-19 06:30Elanji Padam, Areeparambu - Cherthala1
2020-11-12 08:51FACT--Ambalamedu Lake(restricted access)1
2020-11-03 07:40Malayattoor--General Area1
2020-10-31 08:38Kumarokam2
2020-11-22 07:10Narasipuram Forest Checkpost1
2020-11-01 19:27Kottayam--Erayilkadavu Bypass Road3
2020-11-26 12:30Nelliyampathy Hills--Road to Thookupalam1
2020-11-20 11:37Channanikadu1
2020-11-12 17:10MEPRAL - THANANGADU COLONY1
2020-11-07 08:00Kottayam--Puthuppally-Paloorpady road1
2020-11-22 06:44Kuttanad Wetlands--Vallomkadavu1
2020-11-21 07:45Kuttanad Wetlands--Ayikkara Mukku-Vaniyamkadavu1
2020-11-08 07:30Tattekkad1
2020-11-02 07:06Meenkara Dam Dual Shutters1
2020-11-21 06:08Kolarampathy Lake1
2020-11-24 14:18Corbett1
2020-11-21 17:15Sundakkamathur (or Perur) Lake, Coimbatore1
2020-11-02 10:52pozhikkara1
2020-11-21 07:13Cauvery WLS--Galibore1
2020-11-10 06:57Narsinghpur Arera1
2020-11-21 09:00Cauvery WLS--Arkavathi Bridge1
2020-11-05 14:06Periya Kulam, Udumalpet1
2020-11-27 16:27Vellayani--Punchakkari Paddy Fields1
2020-11-08 08:30Moharli Gate1
2020-11-24 06:06Puttalam Saltworks2
2020-11-06 19:31Kotte Diyawanna Oya1
2020-11-28 07:31Thalagama Lake (and surrounding wetlands)2
2020-11-10 09:03Batalagoda Tank1
2020-11-24 14:30Matara--Kirala Kele Sanctuary1
2020-11-18 09:33Kalametiya1
2020-11-15 15:00Chitwan National Park - Tiger Camp1
2020-11-17 14:38Chitwan National Park - Gaida Lodge2
2020-11-16 08:00Chitwan National Park - General1
2020-11-07 07:57Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve1
2020-10-30 15:15Kankabati PM1
2020-11-08 06:00Chumarigacha2
2020-11-01 07:05Bazarsau Railway Station adjacant area2
2020-11-02 06:00Mehedipur bypass1
2020-11-03 05:50Bhandardaha Bill1
2020-11-20 07:50Bata Club1
2020-11-24 07:25Diara1
2020-11-18 10:30Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary PUB1
2020-11-28 06:45Boshipota2
2020-11-15 07:00Baidyabati DVC Canal1
2020-11-15 07:06Frazergunj3
2020-11-07 06:30Mankundu1
2020-11-19 07:19Chetla Forest1
2020-11-25 07:39Jawhar Kunj, Barrackpore1
2020-11-19 15:00Rabindra Sarovar (including Lion's Safari Park)1
2020-10-30 09:00Shyamkhola Birding Place1
2020-11-15 08:35Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary (CKBS)1
2020-11-23 09:30Simla Park (Rajshahi)1
2020-11-16 06:00Teesta riverbed JG1
2020-11-25 06:14Nandagarh, Barasat1
2020-11-07 15:24Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata1
2020-11-27 08:10Rajshahi University Campus (Rajshahi)2
2020-11-28 06:04Jaguli grassland1
2020-11-20 06:57Bibhutibhushan Wildlife Sanctuary, Parmadan1
2020-11-26 05:30Sunderbans Tiger Reserve--Chamta Camp1
2020-11-27 07:36Jahangirnagar University (Dhaka)3
2020-11-25 13:18National Botanical Garden - Dhaka1
2020-11-06 14:32Kaziranga NP--Kohora Range1
2020-11-12 06:01Ograbraj Wetlands7
2020-11-01 06:15Kalatang1
2020-11-08 07:20Chidiyatapu1
2020-11-26 05:50Chidiya Tapu
2020-11-20 15:02Mangrove Walkway, Dhani Nallah1
2020-11-14 16:20Yeretta, Middle Andaman1
2020-11-20 10:55Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary--headquarters vicinity1
2020-11-07 05:32Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary (general area)1
2020-11-07 15:28River Kwai Park & Resort1
2020-11-21 07:15Hat Wanakon NP (general area)1
2020-11-14 07:20Hat Wanakon NP--headquarters & campground vicinity1
2020-11-22 09:57Phutthamonthon Park2
2020-10-31 12:53Kasetsart University [Bang Khen Campus] (general area)1
2020-11-14 07:39Bang Kachao--Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park2
2020-11-25 08:00Pantai Aceh mangroves and trail2
2020-11-28 09:00Sungai Burung, Pulau Pinang3
2020-11-27 07:10Penang Botanical Gardens2
2020-11-28 08:40Air Hitam Dalam Forest Reserve1
2020-11-08 06:15Pedu Lake1
2020-11-10 07:37Taman Tasik Taiping2
2020-11-01 07:30Malim Nawar Mining Pools2
2020-11-22 07:30Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve1
2020-11-24 14:55Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve - East inc. Kranji Nature Trail1
2020-11-27 07:42Jurong Lake Gardens (inc. Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden)1
2020-11-25 10:54Singapore Quarry1
2020-11-24 17:57Hindhede Nature Park1
2020-11-10 17:34Upper Peirce Reservoir Park1
2020-11-13 09:00Hort Park1
2020-11-23 14:28Singapore Botanic Gardens1
2020-11-26 18:00MacRitchie Reservoir Park1
2020-11-17 09:27Pasir Ris Park1
2020-11-28 08:00Pulau Ubin1
2020-11-21 07:17Kratie--sur le Mékong et environs3
2020-11-21 12:00Kratie--boat trip1
2020-11-01 05:36Yok Don National Park1
2020-11-08 06:24Sejingkat Power Station Ash Ponds1
2020-11-13 12:46Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Narra3