Woodland Kingfisher

Staying with kingfishers, this is the Woodland Kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensis, a medium-sized bird found throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It grows to around 23cm (9.1 inches) in length and has a large bill which is red (upper mandible) and black (lower mandible). Adults have a blue back, wing panel and tail and the head, neck and underparts are greyish-white.

Woodland Kingfisher

These kingfishers, contrary to what one might normally expect, often live far from any water and nest in trees in holes previously made by woodpeckers or barbets.

Woodland Kingfisher, The Gambia

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