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Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Afrikaans name: Bruinkopvisvanger

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Brown-hooded Kingfisher

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A Brown-hooded Kingfisher sitting in the rain

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Halcyon albiventris

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher is a common and widespread bird in South Africa. It is found in the southern and eastern regions of the country.

Despite being a kingfisher this bird does not catch fish. Its food consists mainly of insects as well as smaller birds, frogs and reptiles.

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher nests in a tunnel in a bank. Both sexes assist in digging the tunnel. It lays between 2 and 5 eggs. The pair remain together for life.

This bird weighs around 60 grams and is around 24 cm in length.

The habitats favoured by the Brown-hooded Kingfisher include parks, gardens, bushveld, forest edges and thornveld.

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