Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Halcyon albiventris

Size: Up to 24 cm long
Habitat: Woodland
Feeding: Insects and small reptiles

The Brown-hooded Kingfisher looks similar to the Woodland Kingfisher. The notable difference is the beak which is mostly red with a brown tip. The Woodland Kingfisher has a beak which is red on the top and black on the bottom.

The crown and neck are pale, streaked brown. The wings are black tipped with blue and the tail and back are turquoise blue. The eyes are dark and the legs are red. The sexes are similar.

It hunts from a perch, diving to catch its prey on the ground.

This photo was taken in the Selous National Park, Tanzania.








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