Giant Kingfisher

There are two subspecies, M. m. maxima, found in open country, and M. m. gigantea in the rainforest. The forest race is darker, less spotted above, and more barred below than maxima, but the two forms intergrade along the forest edge zone.

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Original source: Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) male
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The Giant Kingfisher is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) is the largest kingfisher in Africa, where it is a resident breeding bird over most of the continent south of the Sahara Desert other than the arid southwest. M. m. maxima, Kruger Park, South Africa There are two subspecies, M. m. maxima, found in open country, and M. m. gigantea in the rainforest. The forest race is darker, less spotted above, and more barred below than maxima, but the two forms intergrade along the forest edge zone. More

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The Giant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maxima, is the largest kingfisher in Africa, where it is a resident breeding bird over most of the continent south of the Sahara Desert other than the arid southwest. More

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The Giant Kingfisher is the 13th in the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park, which I am currently sharing. Enjoy! This image of the lovely Giant Kingfisher was taken on the bridge that crosses over the Sabie River near the Lower Sabie rest camp. We were extremely fortunate to come so close to this guy, and even luckier as it sat there for quite some time, giving us ample time to photograph it. More

English African Giant Kingfisher, Alucan Giant Kingfisher French Martin-pêcheur géant, Alcyon géant German Riesenfischer Spanish Martín Gigante Africano Swedish Jättekungsfiskare Dutch Afrikaanse Reuzen-ijsvogel Italian Martin pescatore gigante World: Africa, East from Senegal to Ethiopia and Kenya then South to South Africa. Kenya: Restricted to the South-West of the country up to about 1°N and 39°E, occasionally wandering further afield, even as far as Lake Turkana. More

The Giant Kingfisher is the largest South African Kingfisher. Uncommon, it inhabits wooded streams, lakes, rivers and the seashore. Usually solitary, it perches in a low branch over water. It sometimes hovers while feeding. Feeds on fish, frogs and crabs. Nests in a long tunnel in river banks, usually near the top of the bank. More

overall is the Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima), at an average of 355 g (13.5 oz) and 45 cm (18 inches). However, the familiar Australian kingfisher known as the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) may be the heaviest species, since large individuals exceeding 450 g (1 lb) are not rare. The plumage of most kingfishers is bright, with green and blue being the most common colours. More

The giant kingfisher is a large bird that can often be seen on small streams near a forest or bushy terrain. Their call is loud and can be heard from a far distance. Other names: Afrikaans - Reusevisvanger : Photographer: EcoTravel Africa Despite its size, the giant kingfisher can remain unseen, as it sits motionlessly for long periods. More

recorded are those of the Giant Kingfisher, which have been found to be 8.5 m long. The eggs of kinfishers are invariably white and glossy. The typical clutch size varies by species; some of the very large and very small species lay as few as two eggs per clutch, whereas others may lay 10 eggs, the average is around 3 to six eggs. Both sexes incubate the eggs. More

Giant Kingfisher is 42-48 cm long, with a large crest and finely spotted white on black upperparts. The male has a chestnut breast band and otherwise white underparts with dark flank barring, and the female has a white-spotted black breast band and chestnut belly. The call is a loud wak wak wak. This large species feeds on crabs, fish, and frogs, caught in the typical kingfisher way by a dive from a perch. More

The Giant Kingfisher is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Cerylidae bird family group which includes birds such as Cerylid Kingfishers. The description for the Giant Kingfisher (Latin name Megaceryle maximus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Megaceryle maximus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 429 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 183. More

Description - The Giant Kingfisher is much larger (38-43 cm long) than any other kingfisher species. Males have a black-speckled, chestnut breast, while females have a chestnut belly. The bill is long and dark. Young kingfishers resemble adults but are duller. Distribution - The north and east of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa, in particular the eastern part. Habitat - Absent in dry areas, but to be found near wooded streams or dams, coastal lagoons and fast-flowing rivers in mountainous areas. More

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Giant Kingfisher is 42-46 cm long, with a large crest and finely spotted white on black upperparts. The male has a chestnut breast band and otherwise white underparts with dark flank barring, and the female has a white-spotted black breast band and chestnut belly. More

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Order : Coraciiformes
Family : Alcedinidae
Genus : Megaceryle
Species : maxima
Authority : (Pallas, 1769)
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