Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52466

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Alcedinidae
Genus:Corythornis
Genus species:Corythornis cristata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:14 cm
Weight:18 g
Identification:The malachite kingfisher is a colorful bird with bright blue upperparts, a green crown, a white stripe on the side of its neck, and orange-brown underparts and face.
Habitat:Lakes, rivers and streams
Diet:Carnivore: fish, insects, tadpoles, frogs
Reproduction:Breeding occurs from August to February. Nests are built in riverbank tunnels. Three to six eggs are incubated for 15 days.
The malachite kingfisher is solitary.
Behavior:Kingfishers are a diurnal species. They catch their prey by diving from a branch or stem overhanging the water.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1972-10 Subjects:perching birds
Malachite kingfisher
Kingfishers
Coraciiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52466