Halcyon amauroptera   Pearson,  1841 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 36 cm.

Voice: Harsh grating crying.

Habits: Keeps singly or in pairs, captures prey by diving into the water or by landing on mud. An exclusively coastal species, restricted to salt and brackish waters.

Sexes alike. A large Kingfisher with enormous red bill, brownish-orange head, neck and underparts, dark brown mantle, wings and tail, and turquoise back and rump.

Synonym (s)
Pelargopsis amauroptera (Pearson 1841)

Common Name (s)
• Brown-winged Kingfisher (English)
• Brownwinged Storkbilled Kingfisher (English)
• Gurial (Bengali)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Clearance and degradation of mangroves.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Mainly fish and crustaceans.



Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at - http://www.pbase.com/
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1970) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford University Press 4 1-256pp Available at - NIO

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