White-throated Kingfisher – juvenile and calls

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Spotted this juvenile White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra) that was being fed by an adult in the neighbourhood. Note the barred breast in the juvenile (above) and darker bill (below: face comparison with an adult at top; different lighting).

The calls the juvenile was making are available here: https://www.xeno-canto.org/562973

They were the usual juvenile food-begging calls and were fast, persistent and loud. Juvenile calls were 0.05 seconds long, given at 9 per second and of low frequency (below: sonogram and waveform).


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Urban environment

Date: 28th May 2020

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR IF-ED


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