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Giant kingfisher

Megaceryle maximus


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.


Larger dams or rivers.


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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RachaelB 11 years ago

@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 11 years ago

cool spotting. I love Kingfishers!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Nice shots.

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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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

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