Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

African Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx lecontei) - HBW 6, p. 229

French: Martin-pêcheur à tête rousse German: Braunkopf-Zwergfischer Spanish: Martín Pigmeo del Congo
Other common names: Red-headed Dwarf-kingfisher, Black-fronted Pygmy-kingfisher

Taxonomy: Ispidina Lecontei Cassin, 1856, Moonda River, Gabon.
Sometimes placed in genera Corythornis or Ispidina; alternatively in monspecific Myioceyx. Closely related to C. pictus. Ugandan birds described as race ugandae, but inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ruficeps (Hartlaub, 1857) - Liberia E to Ghana.
  • lecontei (Cassin, 1856) - SW Nigeria through Cameroon to W Gabon, and from Congo Basin to W Rift Valley and SW Uganda; isolated records from R Congo mouth, N Angola and SW Sudan.

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