Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica) - HBW 6, p. 211
French: Martin-chasseur à poitrine bleue
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 18 videos
eating a cicada Locality Royal Mile, Budongo Forest, Uganda (ssp malimbica)
Daniêl Jimenez 28 September 2010 3 years ago 2 min 45 sec 4.8
A bird on a branch looking around Locality Jacana Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp malimbica)
Josep del Hoyo 5 September 2006 7 years ago 33 sec 4.8
A dorsal view of a bird perched Locality Jacana Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp malimbica)
Josep del Hoyo 5 September 2006 7 years ago 20 sec 4.7
A study of a bird on a branch Locality Kanyanchu, Kibale National Park, Uganda (ssp malimbica)
Josep del Hoyo 2 September 2006 7 years ago 53 sec 4.6
A bird perched in different branches. Locality Budongo Forest, Uganda (ssp malimbica)
Eldert Groenewoud 26 February 2008 5 years ago 39 sec 4.4
A bird perched on a bamboo and flying to a closer perch Locality Senegambia Hotel, Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp torquata)
Dave Jackson 19 November 2006 6 years ago 16 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 29 photos
A bird perched on a branch close to the river
Locality River Gambia National Park, Central River Division, The Gambia (ssp torquata)
Jose Ramon 27 January 2011 37 weeks ago 4.7
Calling in the morning
Locality Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, North Bank Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 8 November 2012 1 year ago 4.7
An adult bird opening its wings
Locality Ankasa-Nini National Park, Western Region, Ghana (ssp forbesi)
Frederic Pelsy 13 April 2012 42 weeks ago 4.6
Perch on an exposed branch.
Locality Budongo Forest, Uganda (ssp malimbica)
David Beadle 10 February 2014 1 week ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.5
A bird opening its bill
Locality Mundemba, Southwest Province, Cameroon (ssp forbesi )
Lars Petersson 13 March 2012 29 weeks ago 4.5
An adult perched
Locality Ankasa-Nini National Park, Western Region, Ghana (ssp forbesi )
Lars Petersson 26 January 2013 38 weeks ago 4.5
Three birds were calling, and this one did a display flight high overhead calling loudly, of which this is a fragment Locality Mole National Park, Northern Region, Ghana
Phil Gregory 2 April 2014 24 weeks ago 4
calls. Locality Ankasa-Nini National Park, Western Region, Ghana
herve jacob 7 April 2012 2 years ago 4
Song with some call of a second bird. Locality Bobiri Forest Reserve, Ashanti Region, Ghana
herve jacob 26 March 2012 2 years ago 3.5
Calls by one bird. Locality San Diego Zoo, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 19 June 2012 2 years ago 3