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Afrikaans name: Kuifkopvisvanger

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Malachite Kingfisher

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Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher

Photo © Steven Herbert

Alcedo cristata

You may be surprised to learn that many Kingfishers have nothing to do with water. The Malachite Kingfisher is, however, one that you will always see around dams and rivers.

It is a beautiful bird and is often only seen as a colourful object whizzing by. It has a fast and direct flight as it moves from one perch to another.

The Malachite Kingfisher feeds on small fish and insects. Fish are swallowed head first.

Breeding pairs make a tunnel into a sandy bank where they lay up to 6 eggs.

This species may be confused with the similar looking Pygmy Kingfisher but that species occurs away from water which is a great clue to which species you are looking at.

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