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Common Kingfisher


Common Kingfisher
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-16 1:40
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Common Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis

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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Hi Ang,

Fantastic capture of this beautiful bird.
Nice colours with excellent details.
Good composition.

graet shot.

Hi!Ang,
Very nice shot wonderful bird to color fantastic thanks for this picture nice job .
Bravo!
Gaston

Hello Ang,
great capture of this Common Kingfisher, good comosition and POV.
Regards. Ferran

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