White-throated Kingfisher catching a lizard

on 18th March 2009

Lim Poh Bee encountered a White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) catching a lizard in January 2009. “…I observed a White-throated Kingfisher with his prized catch – a huge lizard. He was seemingly very proud of his catch as he stuck around for quite a while, turning this way and that to show off his prize. Unfortunately, I don’t know what he did with it as he flew away with the lizard still in his tight grip.”

According to R Subaraj, the lizard “looks like a Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor), the common feral species found all over.

Lizards are a favourite food for this kingfisher.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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