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Woodland Kingfisher | by Tris Enticknap
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Woodland Kingfisher

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

 

Like the Grey-headed Kingfisher, this bird prefers woodland areas. It is often found far from water and nesting in abandoned woodpecker or barbet tree holes.

 

It hunts from an exposed perch - often a dead branch - or perches in semi-shade while waiting to pounce on its prey. It eats a wide variety of large insects, but also other arthropods, snakes, fish and frogs.

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Taken on March 5, 2016