Pictures from birds in Tanzania: African Spoonbills and Giant Kingfisher in Tanzania.
African Spoonbills (Platalea alba) in Tanzania.
Spoonbills are a group of tall white waterbirds with long spatulate black bills and long legs.Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched. They eat mainly aquatic insects, crustacean, and small fishes. African Spoonbills have red legs and grey spatulate bill. They have no crest, unlike the Eurasian Spoonbill.
Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) in Tanzania.
Kingfishers are a group of small to medium sized brightly coloured birds. The Giant Kingfisher is the largest kingfisher found in Africa. It feeds mainly on crabs and fishes. It normally hunts from perches in tree canopies. Once the prey is located, it dives into the water, sometimes immersing itself completely.
The Giant kingfisher is monogamous and builds its nest in a burrow excavated into a suitable bank close to the water. The tunnel may be as long as one to seven meters.
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