|Sacred Kingfisher with frog, Canberra. They eat pretty much any animal suitable to their size.|
(Faded old slide - sorry.)
|Forest Kingfishers Todiramphus macleayii, Darwin, Northern Territory.|
This exquisitely blue kingfisher is found commonly across tropical and sub-tropical
northern and eastern Australia.
|Still in the same genus the Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris (here on Selingan Island, Sabah) |
is a mangrove specialist, scattered from the Middle East to India, then throughout south-east Asia to
tropical Australia and Micronesia.
|The Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, is another beauty.|
This one is found widely across Africa and undertakes complex movements in different parts of this range.
|Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis, Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Uganda.|
Another with a range right across sub-Saharan Africa, and migrating from the north and south into
the centre of the continent in the dry.
|The Striped Kingfisher Halcyon chelicuti, central Cameroon, may not be as smartly dressed as some of its relatives, |
and is smaller, but I think it has lots of character. It too has a huge distribution.
|Stork-billed Kingfisher P. capensis, Sepilok, Sabah.|
I hope I have whetted your appetite for these wonderful birds - back next time to talk about some of their even flashier fishing relatives, from tiny to huge.