Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica) - HBW 6, p. 211

French: Martin-chasseur à poitrine bleue German: Zügelliest Spanish: Alción Pechiazul
Other common names: Black-winged Kingfisher

Taxonomy: Alcedo Malimbica Shaw, 1811, Malimba, Zaire.
Population from Senegal, described as race fortis, now included in torquata; proposed race prenticei, from S Sudan, NE Zaire and Uganda, inseparable from nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • torquata Swainson, 1837 - Senegal E to SW Mali and S to N Guinea.
  • forbesi Sharpe, 1892 - Sierra Leone E to S Nigeria, Bioko I (Fernando Póo) and SW Cameroon.
  • dryas Hartlaub, 1854 - Príncipe I and, at least formerly, São Tomé I.
  • malimbica (Shaw, 1811) - S Cameroon E to SW Sudan, W Uganda and NW Tanzania, and S to N Angola and NW Zambia; probably this race in SW Ethiopia.