French: Martin-chasseur à tête grise German: Graukopfliest Spanish: Alción cabeciblanco
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
H. l. acteon
(Lesson, 1830) – Cape Verde Is (Brava, Fogo, Santiago).
H. l. leucocephala
(Statius Müller, 1776) – Senegambia E to Eritrea and Somalia, S to Gabon, NE DRCongo, L Victoria basin and N Tanzania.
H. l. semicaerulea
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – SW Arabia from Mecca S to Yemen and E to Oman (Taqa); possibly winters in Somalia.
H. l. hyacinthina
Reichenow, 1900 – SE Ethiopia#R, SE Somalia, coastal Kenya and Tanzania (S to Dar es Salaam and W to Pare Mts and Kilosa).
H. l. pallidiventris
Cabanis, 1880 – DRCongo and Tanzania (except N & E) S to N Namibia and NE South Africa; S populations migrate N to DRCongo, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
22 cm; 35–61 g, males average 42 g, females 43 g. Small to medium-sized kingfisher with reddish belly. Male nominate race grey head, black lores, black back and wing-... read more
Loud chattering trill, “trrrit-it-it-it-it”; loud “weep weep trrrr woop”,... read more
Woodland, thickets, thornbush, riparian trees along watercourses, bushy grassland, parkland and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, particularly grasshoppers and locusts (Orthoptera), and also crickets (Grylloidea), mole-crickets (Gryllotalpidae),... read more
Season late Jul–Dec and Feb–May in Cape Verde Is, from Feb–Mar in Ivory Coast, May–Oct in Senegal, Gambia and Mali... read more
Timing and extent of movements vary regionally. Cape Verde population and perhaps some in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Has wide distribution and uses a wide variety of open habitats. Generally common to fairly common throughout its range; a pair every 0·5... read more
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