The Stork Billed Kingfisher ( English), Pelargopsis capensis ( Scientific Name) is a Resident of Mangrove Forests and Estuaries in the Indian Subcontinent.

The Attractive Blue Plumage makes these Tree Kingfishers easy to discern form the Dense Green Foliage.

The Backwaters and Estuary of River Neyyar at Poovar form the perfect Habitat for this large Kingfisher with Scarlet Toes. ( reading previous posts titled RIVER OF FLOWERS and TRANQUILITY would reveal the Habitat in greater detail )

what lurks below
Reflections of a Mangrove Forest in Kerala

This was the first time I saw this Flamboyant Kingfisher in Poovar, Kerala, India perched on an interesting Tree covered with White Flowers. ( a very interesting but Lethal Tree unique to the backwaters of Kerala on which I will write a blog  later this week)

The Oversized Vermilion Beak with a Black Tip resembles that of a Stork and is the basis for it’s Common name: STORK BILLED KINGFISHER.

The Lovely Rufous or Rust coloured Chest is clearly seen in the picture below.

first look
The Tree Kingfisher

The Stork -Billed Kingfisher belongs to the Kingfisher subfamily Halycioninae.

The Black Tipped  Scarlet Bill and the White Flowers which enabled me to spot this marvelous Kingfisher  can be clearly seen in the picture below.

In all the lovely colours
Perched on  The Suicide Tree

This species from my personal experience is rarely spotted and I have seen it only once in many decades of Bird Watching.( and I do mean the feathered friends)

It is always a delight to spot and photograph a rather Unusual species and thus I share pictures of this Enchanting Kingfisher with immense Joy and Pleasure.





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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

37 thoughts on “PRETTY RED TOES”

  1. Your post title definitely made me stop purging e-mails to take a look. What creature has Makul spotted that has red toes? Was not disappointed to find a bird that I have never seen before. Thanks for your cool share.

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