This bird is a common summer resident, migrating to the Lowveld from farther north in Africa. Even though it is a kingfisher, it tends to be seen away from water in a variety of wooded habitats.
Scimitarbills are an endemic African family of three extraordinary species. They all have glossy black or purple-black plumage. Common Scimitarbill has a long curved bill. This bird was in a tree outside my room, probing deep into holes and twisting and turning in search of prey.