Pied Kingfisher (female) perching on a branch at the edge of the river below the mine offices
The Pied Kingfisher is a distinctive black and white kingfisher wih a crest head and a very long bill. The male has two black bands across the chest and the female has one incomplete black chest band. This bird commonly hunts by hovering before diving, beak first, into water. It readily uses perches, even telephone lines or boats if available. It occurs at most inland waters and also at the coast. Usually found singly or in pairs. Occasionally they're gregarious and at times very noisy
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The Swahili word for bird is ndege. The same word is used for aeroplane.