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Giant kingfisher

Megaceryle maximus

Description:

Large size and chestnut underparts. Male has chestnut on breast, female on belly. Usually seen in pairs. Preys on fish which it mostly catches by flying from perch.

Habitat:

Larger dams or rivers.

Notes:

Unfortunately this guy was hiding behind a branch when I got the shot. This is a male judging by the chestnut on the breast rather than the belly.

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3 Comments

RachaelB
RachaelB 11 years ago

Thanks!
@Courtney - we were so lucky, over two days we saw the giant kingfisher, the malachite, woodland, brown-hooded and the pied kingfisher. It was amazing.

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 11 years ago

cool spotting. I love Kingfishers!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Nice shots.

RachaelB
Spotted by
RachaelB

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 11, 2012
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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