Monday, May 11, 2009

The Pied Kingfisher

Things went reasonably well with my parents. I ended up taking them to the Gordyville flea market as my mother wanted to look for antiques. We did not find any but they did have a lot of tiny puppies which went over well with her.

Goal for the week 20 hrs
work on the sphinx


The pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is the world's third most common kingfisher and it is native to Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. One of their closest relatives is the American green kingfisher and it is possible that they are descended from a population of them that crossed the Atlantic about a million years ago, but this is debated. Unlike other kingfishers they hunt in both fresh and salt water (the one pictured seems to be eating a cichlid).  They are the largest birds that can sustain a hover and will often hover as part of their fish hunting procedure. Three or four times a day they will cough up a pellet of undigested fish bones. It is thought that they have excellent color vision and can see into the ultraviolet range. They are also not terribly afraid of humans and tame well if fed.

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