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Alcedo cristata  

Actual scientific name :   Alcedo cristata  
Old scientific name :   Corythornis cristata  
French name :   Petit martin-pêcheur huppé
English name :   Malachite Kingfisher
Vernacular name :  
Ka-luinza (Kiluba) ; kasabula nkala ka tshisuba, musabula nkala wa mu mayi (Tshiluba) ; muloba (Kitabwa) ; kasengembi (Lunda) ; umulumbelumbe (Kibemba)


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Description :   Differs from the African Pygmy-Kingfisher by its larger size, by the turquoise-and-blue barred crown extending down to the eye and by the erectile tuft on top of its head.  
Habitat :   Can be found on any waterbody that is surrounded by reeds and paludal vegetation.  
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Diet :   Feeds on very small fish that it catches by digging from a relatively low perch. Also feeds on insects and worms it catches on the ground of bare banks, meaning that it can even be found on waterbodies lacking fish. 
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