French: Martin-pêcheur azuré German: Schillereisvogel Spanish: Martín pescador brillante
Subspecies and Distribution
A. q. quadribrachys
Bonaparte, 1850 – Senegambia to W Nigeria (E to R Niger).
A. q. guentheri
Sharpe, 1892 – SE Nigeria E to extreme S South Sudan and Uganda (L Victoria), and S to N Angola and NW Zambia.
16 cm; male 33–36 g, female 32–40 g. Male nominate race buffy loral spot, cream neck patch, head and wings black with glossy ultramarine tips, mantle to uppertail... read more
High-pitched “cheet” given mainly in flight, and repeated high-pitched “seet-seet... read more
Lagoons, estuaries and mangroves on the coast, and reedbeds, papyrus swamps, streams, rivers, ponds... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish to 6 cm in length, also aquatic insect larvae and small crabs. Searches for prey from a perch in reeds or overhanging branches... read more
Lays in Sept in Nigeria, in Nov in Cameroon, in Dec–Mar in Gabon, in Mar in Congo, in Dec, Feb and Apr–Jul (mainly May) in... read more
Generally sedentary; some indication of seasonal variation in numbers, e.g. absence during Mar... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common in forested areas. In Ghana, 50 pairs were counted along 48 km of river. No obvious threats.
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