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The chuckling and slightly sadistic little island bird

Yala National Park

Fun Facts

In captivity, White-throated kingfishers have been noted to rarely drink water (much like an imprisonment hunger strike), although they bathe regularly (hygiene > water). The call of this kingfisher is a chuckling chake-ake-ake-ake-ake. They’re particularly louder during mating season, so if you hear them, give them some privacy!

Did you know?

White-throated kingfishers eat anything from insects, spiders, and reptiles… to other birds! These occasional cannibals carefully spy on their prey from a perch, and then dart out to grab it. The catch is then dashed on a tree branch, or forced to commit suicide by being dropped to its death from a kill-height! Afterwards – almost theatrically, or likened to how we playfully eat M&M’s – they flip their prey in the air, catch it in their beaks, and eat it head first!


The White-throated Kingfisher is found all over the island, including the hills up to 6000 feet. Seen in gardens, tea estates, and telephone wires along most of the major roads in the country.




Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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