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Megaceryle maxima  

Linguistics
Actual scientific name :   Megaceryle maxima  
     
Old scientific name :   Megaceryle maxima maxima 
     
French name :   Martin-pêcheur géant
     
English name :   Giant Kingfisher
     
Vernacular name :  
Musabula munene; ntelo; tshiema (Tshiluba) ; nsenga (Lomongo) ; Kangalui (Kiluba)
 


 

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Description :   This kingfisher is unmistakable with its large size, its white-spotted back, its rufous breast (male) or belly (female) and its black bill.  
     
Habitat :   Common on streams.  
     
Behaviour :   Emits a loud alarming call "khak-kah-kahk" when flies off as an intruder approaches.  
     
Diet :   Feeds on fish, sometimes crabs, small reptiles and amphibians. 
     
Life history :   Nests here during the dry season, mainly in August, in a gallery dug in riverbanks when water level is low.  
     
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
 
 
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The vernacular names were collected in the field and in the colonial literature from the first part of the 20th century. The monks who established the first dictionaries were not necessarily informed naturalists. Therefore, errors must have been committed.

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