French: Martin-pêcheur à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Zwergfischer Spanish: Martín pescador ventriblanco
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. bowdleri
(Neumann, 1908) – SW Mali (Mandingo Mts), and Guinea to S Ghana.
C. l. leucogaster
(Fraser, 1843) – Nigeria to S Cameroon, Bioko I, Gabon and NW Angola.
C. l. leopoldi
(A. J. C. Dubois, 1905) – Congo Basin in S Central African Republic and from DRCongo E to S Uganda (Sango Bay, Mabira Forest) and S to NW Zambia.
13 cm; male 14·5 g, female 14·7 g. Both sexes nominate race chestnut cheeks and ear-coverts, white stripe on side of neck, eyestripe rufous with lilac tinge; crown and wings... read more
Dense primary and secondary forest, gallery forest, dense thickets along streams, wooded and... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds equally on fish and insects; insects include dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata), aquatic insect larvae, cockroaches (Blattoidea),... read more
Lays in Jul and Oct in Cameroon, in Dec or possibly earlier in Gabon. Nest in a streamside bank or in sloping ground. Clutch 2 eggs; no... read more
Probably mainly sedentary. Vagrants recorded in NW Zambia and N Nigeria suggest that some birds... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Has a wide distribution in several habitats. Although generally uncommon, this species is often overlooked; it has been found to be locally common in... read more
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