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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Kingfisher Feathers
Credit: USFWS.

Kingfisher Feathers

Common Name: Grey-headed Kingfisher
Scientific Name: Halcyon leucocephala
Protected Status: Not protected by U.S. law or international treaty
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? This is a close-up of the spread wing of a specimen of Grey-headed Kingfisher from the Lab's reference collection. Specimens like this are used to make identifications based on feather size, shape, color, and pattern.


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