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Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti), Masai Mara, Kenya

The striped kingfisher eats mostly grasshoppers followed by other large insects. Small lizards, snakes and rodents are occasionally taken. It hunts from a perch about 3 metres high swooping to the ground for prey up to ten times a minute. Food items are taken back to the perch and swallowed, large prey being beaten vigorously first.

Year: 2016

From album: Linking Tourism & Conservation in East- and South Africa

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: Africa East fauna Grid National Parks South wildlife

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