Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris) - HBW 6, p. 210
French: Martin-chasseur à tête brune
Spanish: Alción Cabecipardo
Other common names: Brown-headed Kingfisher
Taxonomy: Alcedo albiventris Scopoli, 1786, Cape of Good Hope.
W populations described as a separate race, hylophyla, on basis of slightly darker coloration, but considered insufficiently distinct from prentissgrayi; population from S Somalia and NE Kenya described as race erlangeri, but apparently indistinguishable from orientalis. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- prentissgrayi Bowen, 1930 - E Gabon, S Congo, SW Zaire, W Angola and S Kenya, WC Tanzania to N Zambia.
- orientalis W. K. H. Peters, 1868 - coastal lowlands from S Somalia to Mozambique, inland to Malawi, S Zambia, Zimbabwe and N Botswana.
- vociferans Clancey, 1952 - E Botswana E to S Mozambique, S to Orange Free State and Natal.
- albiventris (Scopoli, 1786) - Natal to SW Cape Province; migrates to S Zimbabwe.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male perched and looking for food Locality Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe (ssp orientalis)
Greg Baker 10 September 1999 1 year ago 34 sec 4.4
A bird perching at Hotel Cardoso Locality Maputo City, Mozambique (ssp vociferans)
Nacho Aransay 22 March 2013 8 weeks ago 26 sec 3.6
An adult perched on a branch Locality Mkuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp albiventris)
Francesc Capdevila i Torr... 12 October 2002 10 years ago 27 sec 2.9
An adult perched on a branch Locality Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp albiventris)
Francesc Capdevila i Torr... 11 October 2002 10 years ago 17 sec 2.2
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Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Dubi Shapiro 18 October 2010 1 year ago 4.5
A perching bird
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 9 April 2011 1 year ago 4.3
Perched on a branch at the Maramba River Lodge
Locality Livingstone (Maramba), Southern Province, Zambia
Lee Hunter 11 August 2010 13 weeks ago 4.1
Immature bird (probaly a male)
Locality Cape Vidal, St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp vociferans)
Fran Trabalon 4 November 2008 1 year ago 4
An adult perched on a branch
Locality Zambia (ssp orientalis)
Alicia Salas Garijo 15 September 2008 3 years ago 3.9
attentive look of a hungry bird
Locality Mokolodi Nature Reserve, South-East District, Botswana
lsargentini 15 August 2010 33 weeks ago 3.8