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Chocolate-backed Kingfisher

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Subspecies badiaPhoto by Michael Hooper Royal Mile, Budongo, Uganda, October 2018
Subspecies badia
Photo by Michael Hooper
Royal Mile, Budongo, Uganda, October 2018
Halcyon badia


[edit] Identification

21 cm (8ΒΌ in); a medium-sized kingfisher.

  • Chestnut head, mantle and wing coverts
  • Azure lower back, tail and wing panel
  • Chestnut tip of tail

White underparts

[edit] Distribution

Tropical Africa: Sierra Leone to western Uganda, DRC and northern Angola; Bioko.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Halcyon badia has two subspecies:[1]

  • H. b. badia
  • H. b. lopezi

[edit] Habitat

Primary and secondary forests, as well as gallery forest up to 1500 m.

[edit] Behaviour

Common, but heard more often than seen.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of insects particularly grasshoppers and beetles. As well as crickets, cicadas and mantids.

[edit] Vocalisation

A high-pitched note, followed by 10-15 decending whistles (lasting 5-6 seconds); pee, tee tee tee..

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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