Stork-billed Kingfisher

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

River, Lake


Fish, Frogs, Crabs, Rodents, Young birds


Stork-billed Kingfisher

Pelargopsis capensis

This 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. This species hunts fish, frogs, crabs, rodents and young birds.Stork-billed kingfisher digs its nest in a river bank, decaying tree, or a tree termite nest.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    মেঘহও মাছরাঙা
  • Gujarati:
    ઢોંકચાંચ કલકલિયો
  • Hindi:
    बडा किलकिला, बदामी कौड़िल्ला
  • Malayalam:
    കാക്ക മീൻകൊത്തി
  • Marathi:
    घोंगी खंड्या, बलाकचोच धीवर
  • Nepali:
    ठूलो माटीकोरे
  • Spanish:
    Alción Picocigüeña
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Pelargopsis capensis