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Kingfisher, Grey-Headed

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Kingfisher, Grey-Headed

Unread postby deefstes » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:56 am

Yeah, the Grey-hooded Kingfisher is a real special bird. It certainly is one of the contenders for my favourite Kingfisher, but then every time I see a Pygmy Kingfisher I have to re-evaluate, only to do so again every time I see a Half-collared Kingfisher.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:26 pm

While I am here can you please confirm what you would put this Kingfisher down as, Brown Hooded or Grey-hooded?
Unfortunately this is the only pic we have.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JOL » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:28 pm

Elsa wrote:While I am here can you please confirm what you would put this Kingfisher down as, Brown Hooded or Grey-hooded?
Unfortunately this is the only pic we have.

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Hi Elsa ,

No other photos needed , this is an immature grey-headed kingfisher.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:58 pm

Agreed :D And a lifer it would be!!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:23 pm

Thanks JOL and RJ for the ID, so happy with our little G/H Kingfisher. :dance:
I did have it ticked as having seen one in one of the KZN Parks some years back but the 2 tone bill had me a bit confused with this one.
For Jock it was definitely a first time sighting. :D

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Kingfisher, Grey-Headed

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:30 pm

We were so happy to find this Immature Grey-Headed Kingfisher in Kruger earlier this year. :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JoelR » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:41 pm

Elsa wrote:Thanks JOL and RJ for the ID, so happy with our little G/H Kingfisher. :dance:
I did have it ticked as having seen one in one of the KZN Parks some years back but the 2 tone bill had me a bit confused with this one.
For Jock it was definitely a first time sighting. :D

Will post it on the forum.

Never mind the bill or even the head, Elsa. The orange/chestnut vent is the way to seperate it from similar kingfishers. :)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JOL » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:07 pm

Elsa wrote:Thanks JOL and RJ for the ID, so happy with our little G/H Kingfisher. :dance:
I did have it ticked as having seen one in one of the KZN Parks some years back but the 2 tone bill had me a bit confused with this one.
For Jock it was definitely a first time sighting. :D

Will post it on the forum.


...the two-toned bill shows that this is an immature - adult birds have a unicoloured red bill.

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Re: Grey-Headed Kingfisher

Unread postby Tionet » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:30 pm

Very nice photo. :clap:

It is as far as I know, not a common resident in Kruger, usually between September and April, if you are lucky mind you.

Very well spotted, would love to mark him off our list but his space is still vacent.

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Re: Grey-Headed Kingfisher

Unread postby Elsa » Thu May 14, 2009 12:13 pm

and another different sighting during our recent trip in Kruger this year.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:21 pm

Here is a young Grey-headed Kingfisher that I photographed in Mapungubwe a year and a half ago. Notice that it also has a black tip to the bill but a reddish brown belly. Also, the breast is mottled and not streaked vertically.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:02 pm

Great Photo Deefstes............ :clap: Still need to see one of these, you got me jealous once again! :twisted:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby nightjar » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:50 pm

Just back from a trip to KNP and have a few unidentified birds I would like some help with.
Firstly, this kingfisher seen on the Pafuri Loop last week. Could it be a juvenile Grey-headed? Helpfully it turned around for front and back shots.
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I will post another bird on the raptors thread.
Thanks for your help.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:22 am

Nightjar, that looks very much like a juvi Grey-headed Kingfisher.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby nightjar » Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:50 pm

Thanks for your help, Niall.


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