So this is another species of kingfisher - if I have counted correctly this makes 5 species that I have painted. It is rather amazing how many different species of kingfisher there are. I have a few more reference photos of other species that I plan to paint - just haven't decided if I will paint them in the ACEO size or in a larger format.
These kingfishers are widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. It is small bird measuring only 13 cm in length.
Malachite Kingfisher measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.
Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.