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Giant Kingfisher

Megaceryle maxima


The Giant Kingfisher is the largest kingfisher in Africa. This is a male posing for the camera.


Spotted at a river crossing at Timfenheni River, same habitat as the the Nile Monitor lizard.


There are two subspecies, M. m. maxima, found in open country, and M. m. gigantea in the rainforest. The forest race is darker, less spotted above, and more barred below than maxima, but the two forms intergrade along the forest edge zone.

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Tiz 8 years ago

Thank you very much Sachin :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

nice snaps,,

Tiz 9 years ago

Thanks again, Tack Stian :)

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago


Tiz 9 years ago

Thank you very much Mari :)

Mari du Preez
Mari du Preez 9 years ago

Stunning shots!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

Looks like he was waving at someone ;-)

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Nkomazi Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Apr 13, 2013
Submitted on May 19, 2013

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