Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher photo © Michael Plagens

Hovers or perches near ponds or shallow streams diving into water to catch fish. Widespread and common.

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Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher, Alcedo cristata, © Michael Plagens

Even a brief glimpse of this striking bird of river and pond habitat will serve to identify.

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Gray-headed Kingfisher

Grey-headed Kingfisher © Michael Plagens

Rather large and quite spectacular. Bill orange-red with head and breast pale gray. Bright blue in wings.

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Woodland Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher © Michael Plagens

Similar to gray-headed but lower mandible is black. Often hunts away from water in wooded areas.

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Striped Kingfisher

Striped Kingfisher, Halcyon chelicuti, © Michael Plagens

Stocky bird that sits on a high perch diving down to catch large insects. Crown is finely streaked.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 7 Sept. 2015,
updated 16 Jan. 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya because I am so new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn them, I am teaching myself, sharing with others. If you find an error or appreciate my efforts please send me a message.