The species in taxonomic order are:
- Brown-winged Kingfisher, Pelargopsis amauropterus
- Stork-billed Kingfisher, Pelargopsis capensis
- Great-billed Kingfisher, Black-billed Kingfisher or Celebes Stork-billed Kingfisher, Pelargopsis melanorhyncha
These are very large kingfishers, 35 cm in length.
They have very large red or black bills and bright red legs. The head and underparts of these species are white or buff, and the wings and back are darker, colored variously in green and blue, brown or black depending on species.
Males and females look alike.
The flight of the Pelargopsis kingfishers is flapping, but direct.
Pelargopsis kingfishers inhabit a variety of well-wooded habitats near lakes, rivers, estuaries or coasts. They perches quietly whilst seeking food, and are often inconspicuous despite their size. They are territorial and will chase away eagles and other large predators.
Diet / Feeding
This species hunts crabs, fish, frogs, and in the case of Stork-billed at least, rodents and young birds.
Breeding / Nesting
Pelargopsis kingfishers excavate their nests in a river bank, decaying tree, or a tree termite nest and lay round white eggs.
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