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Malagasy Kingfisher, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar An endemic but common bird found throughout Madagascar, here found in Kirindy. Surely during the most challenging part of the year as even the Kirindy river where we found it (after which the reserve is named), was very shallow. Can&#039;t imagine too much fish in it.<br />
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Malagasy Kingfisher, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar

An endemic but common bird found throughout Madagascar, here found in Kirindy. Surely during the most challenging part of the year as even the Kirindy river where we found it (after which the reserve is named), was very shallow. Can't imagine too much fish in it.

Malagasy Kingfisher - perched, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar An endemic but common bird found throughout Madagascar, here found in Kirindy. Surely during the most challenging part of the year as even the Kirindy river where we found it (after which the reserve is named), was very shallow. Can't imagine too much fish in it.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83351/malagasy_kingfisher_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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Malagasy Kingfisher - frontal, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar An endemic but common bird found throughout Madagascar, here found in Kirindy. Surely during the most challenging part of the year as even the Kirindy river where we found it (after which the reserve is named), was very shallow. Can't imagine too much fish in it.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83351/malagasy_kingfisher_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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    comments (6)

  1. That is a vibrant bird! Posted 7 months ago
    1. It is, although it is comparatively dull compared to kingfishers found in Asia and the Neotropics:
      https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/photos/animalia/chordata/aves/coraciiformes/alcedinidae

      At least to a dutch person it looks quite plain, it looks exactly like our "Ijsvogel" (common Kingfisher).
      Posted 7 months ago
      1. True...but, in CT we only have the belted kingfisher, which I have never seen; and, it is a plain gray, brown, and white bird. Posted 7 months ago
  2. WOW! So pretty! Those colors! Posted 7 months ago
  3. I'm a huge fan of bird groups with disproportionately large heads (chickadees, puffbirds), and this is the roundest kingfisher I've seen! Love it. Posted 7 months ago
    1. Thanks! You must love the hamerkop then? Posted 7 months ago

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The Malagasy kingfisher or Madagascar kingfisher is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae that is found in Madagascar, and Mayotte . Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

It is closely related to the malachite kingfisher which is widely distributed in mainland Africa.

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Aug 19, 2019. Captured Jul 9, 2019 16:27 in Morondava, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/160s
  • ISO1600
  • 400mm