Malachite Kingfisher

Alcedo cristata

Size: 13 cm
Habitat: Rivers and lakes
Feeding: Fish and aquatic insects

The Malachite Kingfisher is one of the most distinctive kingfishers. It has bright blue plummage on its head and wings. The underparts are orange and it has a large red beak. There are small white patches on the neck and throat. The legs are red. The sexes are similar.

It hunts from a branch low over the water, diving to catch its prey.

This photo was taken in the Amboseli National Park, Kenya.








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