Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

African Pygmy-kingfisher (Ceyx pictus) - HBW 6, p. 229

French: Martin-pêcheur pygmée German: Natalzwergfischer Spanish: Martín Pigmeo Africano
Other common names: Pygmy/Miniature Kingfisher

Taxonomy: Todus pictus Boddaert, 1783, Juida = St Louis, Senegal.
Sometimes placed in Corythornis or Ispidina. Closely related to C. lecontei. Birds of S Somalia formerly separated as race jubaensis. Identity of birds breeding on Pemba unclear, as both nominate and natalensis have been collected there. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pictus (Boddaert, 1783) - Senegal E to Eritrea, S to Uganda and Pemba (possibly).
  • ferrugineus (Clancey, 1984) - Guinea-Bissau E to W Uganda, S to C Angola, NW Zambia and N Tanzania.
  • natalensis (A. Smith, 1832) - S Angola across to C & E Tanzania, including Pemba (possibly) and Zanzibar, and S to E Botswana and N & E South Africa; some migration N to E Zaire, Uganda and S Sudan.

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