A resident of Kabalebo: Swallow-winged Puffbirds.
Swallow-winged Puffbirds are the most common birds seen in Kabalebo, but at the same time they are also one of those birds that confuse a lot of photographers and amateur birders. They are not easy to identify at first sight. Understandable as they don't look a lot like the drawings seen in the bird books. The plates don't do them any justice.
Anyway, Swallow-winged Puffbirds are usually seen in pairs or in groups. Often seen perched on top of trees and posts but when it is a sunny day, you can also find them on the ground, sunbathing. Like this fellow for instance. Here you can clearly see the underpart is white.
When they nest, they make burrows dug outs at the edge of the gutter or riverbanks. I have seen them working as a team when digging the hole. One is sitting on an exposed tree, another one is busy digging and the third one is ready to take over when the other one takes a break. They take turns to take care of the nestlings. Here I managed to photograph one nestling while it was waiting for its food.
I have never seen Swallow-winged Puffbirds alone, They are social birds who enjoy eating insects.
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