African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ceyx pictus
African Pygmy Kingfishers are a tiny bird of 4.5" (11cm). Often confused with the slightly larger Malachite Kingfisher
, but the head has black bars in blue, which does not extend to the eyes. Lilac ear-coverts and face. The throat is white and the rear of its neck has white spots, each side. Habits
African Pygmy Kingfishers are seen alone or in pairs, sitting quietly on a low branch of a tree. Diet
African Pygmy Kingfishers eat insects. Resident
African Pygmy Kingfishers are seen in the western half of Kenya, in non-arid areas, mostly beside water. Extra Facts
The African Pygmy Kingfisher adult has a red bill, while juveniles have black bills. Photographs
Photographed in Kenya's Olara Orok Conservancy.