Mount Halcyon Smynensis
The white breasted Kingfisher is the most common of the species in China and in India. As early as the Tang Dynasty, (618-906 A.D.), its feathers were used in court jewelry to adorn combs, earrings, and brooches. It was nearly hunted to extinction during the 19th Century for the decorative uses of its feathers but its populations have now increased. A noisy bird which can be seen near any smaller body of water hunting for fish or crustaceans, it is distinguishable from others in his species by his larger size, his white breast, his more brilliant plumage, and the white bar on his wing, which is seen only during flight.
Height 6 1/2 inches. Length 10 inches from top of head to tail.