French: Martin-pêcheur à tête rousse German: Braunkopf-Zwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo del Congo
Other common names:
Moonda River, Gabon
Subspecies and Distribution
I. l. ruficeps
Hartlaub, 1857 – Sierra Leone E to Ghana.
I. l. lecontei
Cassin, 1856 – SW Nigeria through Cameroon to Gabon, and from Congo Basin to W Rift Valley in SW Uganda and S to N Angola.
10 cm; male 9–11 g, female 9·5–12 g. Tiny kingfisher. Both sexes of nominate race have rufous head, black forehead, tiny iridescent blue tips to crown feathers,... read more
Primary rainforest, often along streams, also dense undergrowth in riverine forest, secondary... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including damselflies (Odonata), mantises (Mantodea), beetles (Coleoptera) and their larvae, ants (Formicidae), large flies (... read more
Lays in Feb in Cameroon, in Nov–Mar in Gabon, and in Sept–Nov in NW Zaire. During courtship pair-members face each other, bill... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Has wide distribution. Although considered uncommon over much of its range, it is reported as locally common in Gabon, and common in the forests of... read more
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