MY TRAVEL PLANACCOMMODATIONtrips & activitiesevents

Bird of the month: Malachite Kingfisher

My Magazine 2022/02
1 min
Another colourful member of Kingfisher's family of birds is Malachite Kingfisher. Known for well-recognized features, such as a large head, short body and legs, and long bill, this small but majestic bird will for sure stay in your memory if you are lucky enough to spot it while exploring the nature of The Gambia.

Alcedo cristata can be found almost all over The Gambia except the upper north areas. The biggest possibility to spot it is at the aquatic locations, such as pools, marshes, slow running rivers, lagoons, lakes. It mainly feeds on fish, but also shrimps and insects. 

The significant colours of Malachite Kingfisher are shining violet-blue upperparts, vivid orange underparts and coral red bill and feet. The size of the bird is only 13 cm, but no matter the size, the bird does not have shy characteristics. Juveniles up to 3 months old have a black bill and a less colourful appearance. They have more dark feathers on the ear-coverts and breasts. They both have blue feathers with black patterning on the forehead leading back. 

As well as the other members of the Kingfisher family, Malachite has a fast and direct flight, which is often used to dive for a daily catch from low perches. 

It is a common resident in The Gambia and partly migratory in some areas. 

Photo Credits: Mark Goddard

Did you enjoy this article? Share it with friends >>>

Fruit of the month: Baobab
Dictionary: Random Useful Words


Subscribe To Our Magazine
No spam, notifications only about new issues.
Subscription Form za Mailerlite - landing
Subscribe To Our Magazine
No spam, notifications only about new issues.
Subscription Form za Mailerlite - landing

Other articles

Experience the real Gambia
Before I start sharing some insider tips about The Gambia, maybe I need to introduce myself first and explain why I travelled to the Gambia. My name i...
Yoga Bliss Gambia: Detox for the New Year
Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed New Year! For some of us, the past few months have been a marathon of festivities and events that perhaps our body...
Tribes of The Gambia: Tukulor
This particular tribe forms the majority among the inhabitants of the Middle Senegal River in the area commonly known as Futa Toro. Futa Toro is regar...
Interview with Mrs Liane Sallah
The year 2020 marked a lockdown for most businesses, especially in the tourism sector. The year 2019 is significant as a benchmark in pre-Covid-19 bus...
©MyGambia 2023
Developed by Marklab
error: Alert: Our content is protected!

My Gambia Team

Typically replies within 30 minutes

We will be back soon.

Hey there 👋
We are here to help. What can I do for you?
Start Chat with us