Birding in Chennai - White Breasted Kingfisher

So far in My Travelogue, I have featured some birding posts incl. Viralimalai and Perungudi Lake. In all these cases, I had to go somewhere to see the birds. But this is a unique one.
One fine evening, I headed to close the kitchen window and there, just on the other side, on the guava tree branch, was this gorgeous White Breasted Kingfisher. I ran to grab the camera and started clicking pics continuously. At one point this gorgeous bird turned to me and looked at me face to face. Still, it didn't bother to fly away. Then I really do not know what it thought of. I almost started to pose for me!!! Finally, it flew away. And I ran to the terrace to see if I could spot it. I luckily did. It was at the opposite electrical line near the pole!!! Lucky me!!!

  • Scientific name of White Breasted Kingfisher:  Halcyon smyrnensis
  • White Breasted Kingfisher in Tamil: Venn thondai meenkothi
  • White Breasted Kingfisher in Hindi: Khilkhila
  • Found in India, Srilanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and surrounding regions.
  • Food habits of White Breasted Kingfisher: It is more of a land bird than a water bird. It has switched over to more of a terrestrial diet like insects. 

White Breasted Kingfisher in Chennai

White Breasted Kingfisher in Chennai

Birding in Chennai White Breasted Kingfisher

Birding in Chennai White Breasted Kingfisher

Birding in Chennai White Breasted Kingfisher

Common Indian birds White Breasted Kingfisher

Common Indian birds White Breasted Kingfisher

Common Indian birds White Breasted Kingfisher

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Blue White Brown Bird White Breasted Kingfisher

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Bhushavali

An ardent traveler by passion. Being an ex - Art History Teacher, my area of interest especially lies in Nature and Heritage. Visited 78 UNESCO World Heritage sites as of Sept 2020. I've been listed among the Top 7 Women Travel Bloggers of India, Top 50 in UK. I have been interviewed in a couple of TV Shows, Radio Channels and Events as well. Read more about me and read the testimonials of different brands

9 comments:

  1. nice photos

    my new post on Chitharal

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  2. नीलकंठ के फ़ोटो।

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  3. I love bird watching especially with my elder brother. We have lots of fun during bird watching.

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  4. Nature trails & bird watching should be made part of early education. It would do so much for kids to learn & savor these facts.

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  5. That's a gorgeous colored kingfisher!

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  6. @Krishna, Team G, Francisca & Sandeep,
    Thanks dears... :)

    @Pooja Singh,
    That must have been a great exp... :)

    @Sanand,
    That's true... :)

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  7. Nice bird pictures! Which lense do you have?

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  8. Lens?! It was actually a Nikon Compact Digicam (Coolpix) without lens changing facility.

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