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Fwd: Birds in China
David McDonald <>
Mon, 27 May 2002 08:29:14 +1000
If anyone can assist Roy, pls respond to him directly at
rather than to the list or to me - thanks - David
From: "Roy Harvey" <>
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2002 12:21 PM
Subject: Birds in China
> Hi Allan,
> I'm a COG member working in China for another couple of weeks. Could you
> me with this query or pass this message on to people with knowledge of/
> interest in birds in China?
> I am trying to find the name of a large black and white kingfisher that
> seen around Bazhong (a small - 300,000) city N-E of Chengdu in Sichuan
> I have a copy of MacKinnon and Hicks' Birds of China (incuding Hong
> only lists two Kingfishers - White Throated and Common. These are both
> colourful birds and I have seen the white Throated and know what it looks
> I saw this large, black and white bird on a rock by the river, with a
> fish that it was killing in a very K-F way. It had a long, strong, black
> the head was almost solid black and had a small crest (crew cut looking
> Kookaburra). It was probably as long from bill to tail as a Kookaburra but
> was much slimmer. The body was mainly black on the back, and white (maybe
> some flecking) under. It flew off after a minute or so - low across the
> carrying the fish.
> It looked to me as if it had to be a Kingfisher.
> I'd be interested to hear from anyone about this bird.
> Roy Harvey
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