The Ostrich

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1944
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Moreau.R. E.
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This is a widely distributed kingfisher. from the Eastern Cape Province to Angola and Abyssinia. About which little has been written. Everywhere it is a bird of streams rather than rivers and. at any rate in tropical Africa. Only those of which the banks are thickly wooded. Exceptionally it occurs as low as 1.000 ft. above sea-level even close to the Equator - I have seen ,it on a side branch of the lower Pangani River - but from3.000 'ft. upwards in the neighboring Usambara Mountains it is resident on the small streams in the forest. These waters are remarkably deficient in native fish and. since these kingfishers. Unlike Halcyon and Ispidina pieta, do not feed on dry land. They portray as a rule depend in part on the abundant crab and amphibian fauna for their food. One at Amani was seen to catch and eat a white butterfly.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XV (No 3), p. 1-17