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Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti), Masai Mara, Kenya

Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti), Masai Mara, Kenya

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Uploaded 23 Jun 2016 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2016 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
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.
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