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 )
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.
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.
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.