Malachite Kingfisher On the Hunt
The malachite kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) is a river kingfisher. It is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. This is a small kingfisher, (5.1 in in length). The general color of the upper parts of the adult bird is bright metallic blue. The head has a short crest of black and blue feathers, while the face, cheeks, and underparts are reddish brown with white patches are on the throat. It is common to reeds and vegetation near slow-moving water or ponds. It usually flies low over water. The bird has regular perches or stands from which it fishes, usually low over the water. It dives and usually returns at once with a small fish. The nest is a tunnel in a sandy bank, usually over water. I took this photo in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.
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