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Main features: Small (17cm, 27-36g); upperparts turquoise-green, underparts pale to mid-orange; throat white; head sides white with rufous ear coverts; bill black; feet tiny, red.
Male: Bill all black.
Female: Bill mandible base orange.
Juvenile: Bill as in female, may have a white tip; upper parts paler and duller; sooty fringing across breast.
Call: Described as a trill; shrill, high-pitched seep-seep, repeated 2-3 times, usually in flight.
In flight: Bright metallic green-blue back and rump. Flight is direct and low.
Similar birds: Other kingfishers are much larger; lacks white head sides.
Status in Singapore: Very common winter visitor throughout the island and North and South offshore islands.
World distribution: Throughout Old World to New Guinea and Pacific Islands, but not in Australia.
Classification: Family Alcedinidae, subfamily Alcedininae. World 26 species, Singapore 2 species. There are 9 subspecies of the Common Kingfisher.
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Fantastic capture of this beautiful bird.
Nice colours with excellent details.
- [2008-12-16 5:11]
Very nice shot wonderful bird to color fantastic thanks for this picture nice job .
great capture of this Common Kingfisher, good comosition and POV.