Malagasy kingfisher, Ivoloina park,Madagascar
Freely roaming around the lake in Ivoloina park.
This species superficially resembles the widely spread Common Kingfisher, yet the comparison falls apart in many ways when inspecting them up close. This species instead is closely related to the Malachite kingfisher seen here:
The only other Kingfisher species found in Madagascar is the super tiny Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher:
All three share the same genus.
It's possible to get close to this bird, it just takes a long time. Take one step, wait. Take one step, wait. Each time wait until it dismisses you as a threat. In my experience, within the 5m range it tends to leave.
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.