Giant Kingfisher

Megaceryle maxima - Martin-pêcheur géant

Systematics
  • Order 
    :

    Coraciiformes

  • Family
    :

    Alcédinidés

  • Genus
    :

    Megaceryle

  • Species
    :

    maxima

Descriptor

Pallas, 1769

Biometrics
  • Size
    : 46 cm
  • Wingspan
    : -
  • Weight
    : 255 à 426 g
Geographic range

Distribution

Description identification

Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family.

Subspecific information 2 Subspecies

  • Megaceryle maxima maxima (Senegal and Gambia to Ethiopia and south to South Africa)
  • Megaceryle maxima gigantea (Liberia to n Angola and w Tanzania, Bioko)

Foreign names

  • Martin-pêcheur géant,
  • Martín Gigante Africano,
  • Pica-peixe-gigante,
  • Riesenfischer,
  • óriás halkapó,
  • Afrikaanse Reuzenijsvogel,
  • Martin pescatore gigante,
  • Jättekungsfiskare,
  • Kjempeisfugl,
  • rybárec obrovský,
  • rybařík velký,
  • Kæmpestødfisker,
  • afrikankeisarikalastaja,
  • Reusevisvanger,
  • alció gegant africà,
  • rybaczek wielki,
  • Гигантский пегий зимородок,
  • オオヤマセミ,
  • 大鱼狗,
  • 大魚狗,

Voice song and cries

Martin-pêcheur géant
♀ adult

Habitat

Forest : Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland, Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level, Subtropical/Tropical Swamp ; Savanna : Dry ; Wetlands (inland) : Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls), Seasonal/Intermittent/Irregular Rivers/Streams/Creeks, Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha), Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha), Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha), Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) ; Marine Neritic : Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs, Subtidal Loose Rock/pebble/gravel, Subtidal Sandy, Subtidal Sandy-Mud, Macroalgal/Kelp, Seagrass (Submerged), Estuaries ; Marine Intertidal : Rocky Shoreline, Sandy Shoreline and/or Beaches, Sand Bars, Spits, Etc, Tidepools ; Marine Coastal/Supratidal : Coastal Brackish/Saline Lagoons/Marine Lakes, Coastal Freshwater Lakes ; Artificial/Terrestrial : Rural Gardens ; Artificial/Aquatic and Marine : Water Storage Areas (over 8ha), Canals and Drainage Channels, Ditches

Geographic range

Illustration

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