Astounding Africa: Malachite Kingfisher

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Of the 87 species of kingfishers in the world, only 16 occur in Africa – Eastern Asia and Australasia with some 56 species between them are the real hotspots of kingfisher diversity. Nevertheless we have some real beauties like the Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) which presents itself like a tiny multi-coloured bauble darting through riverside vegetation throughout much of sub Saharan Africa.

Malachite kingfishers are southern Africa's most common kingfisher species. © Wim van den Heever

Malachite kingfishers are southern Africa’s most common kingfisher species. © Wim van den Heever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more of these beautiful birds in Halcyon days – kingfishers & the winter solstice featuring Wim van den Heever‘s superb images

 

 

 

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Peter has a career in publishing and conservation spanning more than four decades. His most recent project has been the development of Untold Africa, a meeting place for intelligent, engrossing and entertaining dialogue for a global community of like-minded people - people who share a common passion for the wild places of Africa, the creatures that inhabit them, and the breadth of African culture. See more

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