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Kingfishers of South Africa. We have 10 Kingfishers in South Africa of which 3 are summer visitors, these are the African Pygmy, the Woodlands and the Grey Headed Kingfishers. I have yet to see an African Pygmy Kingfisher and do not have a photo of a Striped Kingfisher. Here are the other 8 that occur in South Africa. A few of them look very similar and the color of the bill and legs are used to id them. The Woodlands Kingfisher A blue/black kingfisher with a red and black bill and black legs The Mangrove Kingfisher Very difficult to find let alone photograph. Has a all red bill and red legs. The Grey headed Kingfisher Pale grey head and chestnut belly. Red bill (black in juveniles) The Pied Kingfisher The only black and white kingfisher. Black bill. male has a double breast band and the female a single band. The Giant Kingfisher The largest of our kingfishers with a black bill and rufous underparts. Male has chestnut breat and the female has a white breast and chestnut belly. The Malachite Kingfisher Turquoise and black crown and bill is red in the adult. Brown Hooded Kingfisher Brown head streaked with black and rufous patches on sides of breast. Red bill. The similar striped kingfisher has a red and black bill. The Half Collared Kingfisher Black billed with blue back and rump. Blue cheeks. Underparts paler than in the malachite
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