Although most who visit the Kruger National Park for a safari are in search of wildlife, there is a lot of excitement when an interesting bird is spotted. The Woodland Kingfisher is one of those birds.
If you are one of those with a keen eye for birds, and you catch sight of this beautiful bird, here are some facts you should know:
- The Woodland Kingfisher is a medium sized Kingfisher, about 20-24cm in length, and is found throughout the Kruger National Park.
- The Woodland Kingfisher only weighs about 54-81g but is easily recognised with its bright blue back, wing panel and tail. It has a white head, neck and underpart with black shoulders. The top of its bill is red and the bottom part of its bill is black. And it has red legs.
- The Woodland Kingfisher, unlike other Kingfishers, very rarely dives for fish. It will often be found sitting quite exposed, seeking out food. They prey on a large variety of insects, arthropods, snakes or frogs. Fish and crabs are rarely on its food list.
- Woodland Kingfishers migrate to Southern Africa from October to April to breed. Breeding season is usually from November to March in the Kruger National Park.
- When you hear the call of the Woodland Kingfisher it is a sure sign that summer is back. The constant call of the males can be heard as soon as they arrive for the summer and will continue their calls until the end of the breeding season.