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Oct 14, 2014

A well-named bird

 Photo by Myron Tay
Stork-billed Kingfisher
(Pelargopsis capensis)
Here's a bird photo that caught my eye this week.   I'd never heard of a Stork-billed Kingfisher before.   The photo, taken by Myron Tay, showed up on as its 'Reader Photo of the week 13-19 October'.   Myron Tay's photograph of this resplendent Kingfisher, with a crayfish in its huge bill, was taken in Singapore.

Wikipedia photo uploaded by Dibyendu Ash
Stork-billed Kingfishers are native to the Indian sub-continent, south-east Asia and the Phillipines.   This kingfisher, with the mammoth bill, is a large bird at 14-15" long.   It is quite close in size to the widespread Belted Kingfisher (13") in North America, and the Ringed Kingfisher (16") in the Rio Grande Valley and other parts of southern Texas.

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