Written by Ben Borgmann-Winter (Middlebury College)
Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis)
Botswana is home to a great diversity of Kingfishers—nine different species from two different families, according to Birds: The Inside Story, by Rael and Héléne Loon. Over our first three weeks, we’ve seen a lot one species in particular: the Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis).
This beautiful bird is most easily recognized by its bright blue back and head, white belly, and black wing spots. Additionally, a beak that is red on the top and black on the bottom helps distinguish this bird from its other locally occurring cousins. The Woodland Kingfisher can also be easily recognized by its call, a piercing “terp-trrrrrrrr!”