French: Martin-pêcheur vintsi German: Malegassenzwergfischer Spanish: Martín pescador malgache
Other common names:
Madagascar Malachite Kingfisher
Eydoux and Gervais
Subspecies and Distribution
C. v. johannae
R. Meinertzhagen, 1924 – Comoro Is.
C. v. vintsioides
Eydoux & Gervais, 1836 – Madagascar.
13 cm; male 16–21 g, female 18–22 g. Both sexes nominate race forehead and crown pale green-blue and banded with black; mantle, wings and tail deep ultramarine,... read more
Shrill high-pitched “seek”, repeated rapidly in flight, or very shrill “treeeeee” on taking flight.
Rivers, streams, lakes, swamps, estuaries, mangroves, coast and tidal pools; also paddyfields and... read more
Food and feeding
Small fish, frogs, marine and freshwater crustaceans, also aquatic and terrestrial insects, e.g. grasshoppers (Orthoptera), bugs (... read more
Lays in Sept–Apr in Madagascar and in Oct in Comoros. Both sexes excavate a tunnel 5 cm wide and 40 cm long, with nest-chamber at end... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed and fairly common in Madagascar, occurring in a range of habitats. No apparent threats, and is present in several protected areas... read more
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