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White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis   - With prey
White-throated Kingfisher
Photographer : © Nikhil Devasar
Location :Mohamdabad Marshes, Sonepat, Haryana, India
Date : 29 May 2005
English synonyms:White-breasted Kingfisher, Smyrna Kingfisher, Whitebreasted Kingfisher, Brown-breasted Kingfisher (gularis)
Bird Family :Halcyonidae - Larger Kingfishers
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :We saw this bird with a Plain Prinia Prinia inornata in its beak. The Kingfisher kept hitting the Prinia against the wire as if de-feathering it. It would fly off into a bush and soon return to the wire. After a few such sorties it came back without the bird but with feathers stuck on its beak. Did it swallow the bird? or just dump it in some bush? - ND