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The stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. A non-migrant sedentary bird, sexes are similar and there are some 15 subspecies. The stork-billed kingfisher lives in a variety of well-wooded habitats near lakes, rivers, or coasts. It perches quietly whilst seeking food, and is often inconspicuous despite its size. It is territorial and will chase away eagles and other large predators. Although a kingfisher, it is not a fish specialist – it does catch fish, but also frogs, crabs, rodents and young birds.
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