|Pied Kingfisher, Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (where all these Pied Kingfisher|
photos were taken). This is a female, with just one breast band.
|Part of a sequence, above and below, of bashing the fish then swallowing it.|
(This is a male bird, with a second narrow breast band.)
|Male Pied Kingfisher at the mouth of a nesting burrow.|
|Ringed Kingfisher, Isla de Chiloé, Chile.|
Despite its size (similar to that of a kookaburra) it's a fishing bird, diving spectacularly into the water.
|Giant Kingfisher, Benoue NP, Cameroon.|
This one too, despite its considerable bulk, hurls itself into the water after fish, frogs and crustaceans.
|Male Amazon Kingfisher C. amazona, Cocha Salvador, Manu NP, Peru.|
He is a big bird, 30cm long, with no white spotting in the green.
|Male Green Kingfisher C. americana, Manu NP, Peru.|
He is less than 20cm long.
|American Pygmy Kingfisher C. aenea, Yasuní NP, Ecuador.|
This scarce and tiny bird is only 13cm long; this one was seen at roost at night above a creek from a canoe.
Its 'pair partner', the Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher, also scarce, is 24cm long.
|African Pygmy Kingfisher Ispidina picta, Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda.|
A tiny bird, the size of the relatively unrelated American Pygmy Kingfisher. It will sometimes hunt
insects far from water.
|Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo (or Corythornis) cristata, Lake Mburo NP, Uganda.|
One of the jewels of Africa, no bigger than the Pygmies, common and widespread in Africa.
|Oriental Dwarf (or Rufous-backed) Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca, Gomantong Caves, Sabah.|
This little gem is found across much of southern and south-eastern Asia.
|Blue-eared Kingfisher Alcedo meninting (here at Sepilok, Sabah) is a little fishing kingfisher |
of forest streams and mangroves, found across southern Asian.
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