French: Martin-chasseur strié German: Streifenliest Spanish: Alción estriado
Alaudo [sic] Chelicuti
Subspecies and Distribution
H. c. eremogiton
E. J. O. Hartert, 1921 – Sahel zone from SC Mali and N Nigeria E to C Sudan.
H. c. chelicuti
(Stanley, 1814) – extreme S Mauritania and Senegal E to Eritrea and NW & S Somalia, S to NE & E Namibia, Botswana and N & NE South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).
17 cm; male 30–41 g, female 37–50 g. A small woodland kingfisher. Male nominate race white line above forehead, heavily brown-streaked crown, black eyeband,... read more
Loud, high-pitched “keep-kirrrrr” or “pee-hee”, 1·2 seconds long,... read more
Woodland, wooded grassland, and thornbush, from sea-level to 2300 m; avoids forest, and found only... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly grasshoppers (Orthoptera), also beetles (Coleoptera), larvae, butterflies, moths and caterpillars, mantises (Mantodea),... read more
Lays in Jun–Sept in Senegal, in Jun–Jul in Gambia, in Sept–Oct in Mali, in Mar–Apr in Nigeria, and in Jan–Oct... read more
Most populations apparently sedentary, but local movements reported from several localities. No... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed, and common to fairly common in most of range. Able to thrive in quite open habitat and around cultivated lands, provided these... read more
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