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Photo: African Pygmy Kingfisher


This week's photo of the week was taken by Kariega ranger and skilled photographer Jacques Matthysen, also known as Matt. The photograph captures the magnificent iridescent purple and blue of the African pygmy kingfisher (Ispidina picta).

Kariega Jacques Matthysen Pygmy Kingfisher Feb14

The African pygmy kingfisher is a small bird of approximately 11-13 cm in length. It is usually found alone or in pairs and feeds mostly on insects. They are most often found in woodlands and can be difficult to spot as they are secretive and unobtrusive. Their call is a high-pitched insect-like "tsip-tsip" given in flight.

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Over 280 birds have been identified at Kariega. Click here to view the Kariega Game Reserve Bird Guide

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