Halcyon senegalensis   Woodland Kingfisher  Bosveldvisvanger
Woodland Kingfisher
Modimolle, Dec 2017

A common breeding summer visitor to the Waterberg, arriving in the first half of November and departing in March or April. The two colour-ringed birds here, male on the left, female on the right, have returned to the same garden for the past 7 and 6 years respectively. In 2012 they were caught and fitted with geolocators (micro trackers) and their migration was followed, the male spending the winter in South Sudan and the female in Central African Republic, about 500 km west of the male. In their years together they have reared 16 young.

The story of their migration
Woodland Kingfisher Waterberg distribution
Woodland Kingfisher
Modimolle, Dec 2019

This is the red-ringed female who has returned for the 8th year and is once again breeding in the same nest box.

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