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THE WOODLAND KINGFISHER

Updated: 27 May 2014
(Published: 4 February 2014)

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The woodland kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis was described scientifically for the first time in 1766 as Alcedo senegalensis by Linnaeus. The name senegalensis refers to Senegal in West Africa where the first specimen was collected. The adult woodland kingfisher is 22 to 24 cm long and weighs 60 to 65 g. The sexes are alike with the forehead, crown and the nape being brownish-grey but the feathers have pale blue tips. There is a black line through the eye and the lower jaw is black but the upper one is red. There also is a characteristic black wedge behind the dark brown eyes. The chin and throat are white to pale grey while the breast has a pale green-blue wash. The legs and feet are dark brown to black.

This type of kingfisher is widespread in Africa but it avoids arid regions and is absent from Somalia, much of Kenya and the western parts of southern Africa. The... (Become a Green subscriber for more)


Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (Eds) 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 178 - 179.

article by: Prof J du P Bothma

 

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