Blue Kingfisher
alcedo quadribrachys

Are you planning a Uganda Birding Safari along the beaches of Lake Victoria and swamps at the end of your business trip to Africa?

Or you're just a bird enthusiast?

If this describes you, then you would love to familiarise with the Blue Kingfisher just to ensure you don't miss seeing him during your Uganda birding tour.

The Blue Breasted Kingfisher was given its scientific name by Bonaparte in 1850.

This bird is a species in the Alcedinae family.

In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Blue Kingfishers in Uganda in order to make your Bird watching tour to Africa even more rewarding.

You will find information about:

Where to find the Blue Kingfisher in Uganda

You will generally find this Blue Kingfisher staying in mangroves, marshes and lakes.

The best spot to watch this African bird in Uganda is at the Bigodi wetland sanctuary.

How you will know that you've seen a Blue Kingfisher

You will see a small bird with a thick long beak which is black in color on a blue head.

This bird has a yellow lining on the neck, between its head and back.

The back is blue with a mixture of yellow color and the wings are a mixture of blue and gold.

This bird has yellow breast bands.

On the legs you will see a light yellow color.

The bird has small sunken eye which are small.

This Blue kingfisher has a short tail.

Did you know?

The female Blue kingfisher bird lays 2-3 eggs in a tree-hole nest. And both the mum and dad can incubate.

You will not be able to easily differenciate the female birds from the male ones because they look alike.

However, you will quickly identify the young birds by their pale colours.

Interesting Facts about the Blue Kingfisher

The most interesting time you would love to watch this Blue Kingfisher is when she's feeding.

This Uganda bird feeds on small aquatic animals like fish and frogs, as well as seeds, grains and small insects.

The bird uses its long beak to poke into water when looking for food.

Here is her hunting strategy; Perch dive and catch, bring the fish to the perch trash it till it is dead and then eat it.

You will enjoy watching this bird bobbing its head up and down as she judges the distance of her prey from the perch just before she dives for the unfortunate fish.

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