August 7, 2015 – African Pygmy Kingfisher or Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta or Ceyx pictus)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These tiny kingfishers are found across central Africa from Senegal to Eritrea and south to the eastern coast of South Africa. They are around four and a half to five inches (12-13 cm) long. Their diet is made up mostly of insects, such as grasshoppers, dragonflies, and moths, as well as spiders, small lizards, frogs, and crabs. Nesting in tunnels excavated from sandy banks, females lay three to six eggs, which both parents incubate.