Kingfisher of Manu

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In Manu you can see one of the six species of Kingfisher that live in America. It is the Ringed Kingfisher, found in a wide stripe from southern Texas in the United States to Tierra del Fuego.

A Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle torquata) can attack a  fish from a branch on the shore of a horseshoe lake. Like other Americans kingfishers, this Ringed feeds exclusively of captured fish in an unusual way;  jumping into the water sharply. They nest in uncoated shelters along the banks of rivers or lakes.

It lengths between 36-41 centimeters. Its head and back are blue- gray coloring, its crest with black line, long beak blackish coloring, robust and well-marked pompadour.

Both genders have a white necklace around the neck, with white throat. Females are identical to males, except for presenting the slate-blue chest, separating the color white from the throat and the reddish of the belly. Its legs are brownish color.

You can observe them solitary or in pairs. For feeding they submerge from the branch of a tree as all kingfishers. When the muddy water doesn´t  let them catch fishes, they feed on insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. They have the habit of hitting the prey against the surface where they settle. Find them in Manu National Reserve, the birdwatchers’ paradise.

By Arturo Alva.

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