The Forest Department team currently conducting a survey on the fauna present in the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary has confirmed the presence of four kingfisher species in the wetland sanctuary. These four species are thriving in the rich wetland ecosystem, which provides an ideal habitat for these wetland dependent species of kingfishers.The four species have been identified as the  Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileate),  White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) and the  Common Kingfisher(Alcedo atthis). The four species have been photographed and documented by a specialist team from  Wildlife Management Division, Eluru, under the patronage and backing of conservation biologist and wetland expert Allaparthi Appa Rao. Of the 12 species of kingfishers sighted in India, the four sighted in KWS are listed in the “least concern” category in IUCN Red.


— As reported by The Hindu

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