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Senegalese alcyone

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Senegalese Alziona (lat. Halcyon senegalensis ) Is a bird of the kingfisher family that lives in tropical Africa.

1. Description

Senegalese alcyone 23 cm long. The back, tail and wings are bright blue. The head, back of the head and underside are white, while the shoulders are black. The large beak is red at the top and black at the bottom. The legs are red. Both sexes look similar, with young birds slightly less colorful. The calling cry of this bird is a loud trill.

2. Habitat

The Senegalese alcyone is distributed mainly at the equator within both 8 degrees of latitude. Northern and southern populations migrate to the equator during the dry season. It lives in wooded areas with few trees, as well as near human settlements. The bird protects its territory from intruders, including humans.

3. Reproduction

The Senegalese alcyone nests in tree-holes made by woodpeckers. Clutch consists of 2-3 round white eggs. Incubation lasts 13-14 days. Both parent birds feed the chicks. After 22-24 days, young birds remain for about 5 weeks with their parents.

4. Nutrition

From a shelter in partial shade, the Senegalese alcyone hunts large insects, arthropods, snails, fish and frogs.

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Senegal Alzion (Latin Halcyon senegalensis) is a bird of the kingfisher family that lives in tropical Africa.

Senegalese alcyone 23 cm long.The back, tail and wings are bright blue. The head, back of the head and underside are white, while the shoulders are black. The large beak is red at the top and black at the bottom. The legs are red. Both sexes look similar, with young birds slightly less colorful. The calling cry of this bird is a loud trill.

The Senegalese alcyone is distributed mainly at the equator within both 8 degrees of latitude. Northern and southern populations migrate to the equator during the dry season. It lives in wooded areas with few trees, as well as near human settlements. The bird protects its territory from intruders, including humans.

The Senegalese alcyone nests in tree-holes made by woodpeckers. Clutch consists of 2-3 round white eggs. Incubation lasts 13-14 days. Both parent birds feed the chicks. After 22-24 days, young birds remain for about 5 weeks with their parents.

From a shelter in partial shade, the Senegalese alcyone hunts large insects, arthropods, snails, fish and frogs.

Boehme R.L., Flint V.E. A five-language dictionary of animal names. Birds. Latin, Russian, English, German, French. / under the general editorship of Acad. V.E.Sokolova. - M .: Rus. lang., "RUSSO", 1994. - P. 178. - 2030 copies. - ISBN 5-200-00643-0

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