Kingfisher (11) - African Wildlife







Giant Kingfisher

The Giant Kingfisher is, as the name suggests, a really large Kingfisher. It's between 40 and 46 cm long.The largest is the laughing kookaburra (Australia). The photo shows a male (orange high), the photo below a female (orange low).


Interesting facts about Kingfishers:

- All kingfishers have excellent vision and can see into the water – even adjusting for refraction, which can make a fish look closer to the surface than it really is.

- Kingfishers don’t build nests of sticks or plants. Instead, they nest in burrows that they dig into dirt banks, tree cavities, or old termite mounds.

- The dagger-shaped bill often seems too long or too big for the rest of the bird, but it is well designed for capturing food.


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