Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia

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A ventriloquial forest kingfisher that is more often heard than seen as it perches in the subcanopy. Distinctive with its blood red bill, broadly chocolate-brown upperparts, white underparts, and bright blue wing patches and tail. Nests in arboreal termite mounds. Song is a series of ten or more easily imitated whistles that rise and then abruptly fall in pitch, “pew pew pew PEW PEW PEW pew pew.”

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