BOTH SPECIES CAPTURED AT: Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa
THE WOODLAND KINGFISHER:
Common resident. In flight bright blue back and rump. The immature usually has a all red bill,sometimes with a black tip. Male calls continously after arrival and untill breeding is finished, a loud ‘yimp-trrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr’, the last part drawn out and descending.
Present October-April, occasionally later, in mixed bushvekd and reverine or swamp- fringing woodland. Singly or in pairs.
Catches insects on the ground by still-hunting from a perch.
Pairs greet each other with spread wings.
BROWN-HOODED KINGFISHER – Halcyon albiventris
Common resident. Streaked brown head, streaked buffy breast and flanks. The call is a loud, descending ‘kik-kik-kik-kik’ Usually single in mixed bushveld, woodland, riverine forests,suburban parks and gardens. Still hunts for insects from a low branch normally away from water, but will occasionally fish,. 23-4cm.