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Length 20-21 cm. A medium-sized kingfisher with a grey head and chestnut belly.
Halcyon leucocephala has five subspecies:
Non-aquatic; woodland and savanna.
Feeds mainly on insects taken on or near the ground; also eats fish, frogs, reptiles, small mammals and birds (including Bronze Mannikin, Red-throated Wryneck and chicks of Red-billed Quelea, White-eared Barbet and Black-collared Barbet).
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