Giant Kingfisher
Megaceryle maxima
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The largest of the kingfishers (43 cm), the giant kingfisher is found on lakes and rivers throughout Tanzania. The male has a broad chestnut breastband; the female, chestnut on the belly only. The juveniles are similar to the adults except the flanks are chestnut and the breast band is broken or speckled. The upper male with fish (Rufigi River-Selous, 10-18) is courtesy of Sitthivet Santikarn; the 2nd row female (Lake Duluti, 3-15), Stephan Schramm; the 3rd row (Ruaha, 8-18), Friedemann Vetter. The other photos were taken at Pembe Abwe, Lake Manyara, Selous, Burka Coffee Estate and Arusha. Click the photo above to see 15 enlargements.
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-24 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Paul Oliver, Friedemann Vetter, Sitthivet Santikarn, Claude Melde
Stephan Schramm, Karine Van der Vurst, Alex Rees

Last Update this page: 3-12-22