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Photo by James Williams
Tsiribihina River, Madagascar, June 2007

Alternative names: Madagascar Kingfisher; Madagascan Kingfisher

Corythornis vintsioides

Alcedo vintsioides


Very similar to Malachite Kingfisher but differs by being rather duller orange beneath, slightly duller blue on the back, having green in the crest and having a bill that is largely dark.


Madagascar and Comoro Islands.


Photo by peterday
Vakona Forest Lodge, Madagascar, November 2016

Two subspecies recognized:

Sometimes considered conspecific with Malachite Kingfisher.


Tropical mangrove forest.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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