September 1, 2015 – Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata or Corythornis cristatus)

Requested by: birdnerd29

These small kingfishers are found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa in habitats near slow-moving water. They catch fish, crustaceans, insect larvae, and frogs, hunting from a perch over the water and swooping down to capture their prey. Spending most of their time in pairs, they defend a territory together and nest in holes dug into banks of sandy earth. They line their nest cavities with fish bones and regurgitated pellets.

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