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
VideosSee all 7 videos
A male perched and looking for food Locality Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe (ssp orientalis)
Greg Baker 10 September 1999 2 years ago 34 sec 4.4
A bird in a tree Locality Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 39 weeks ago 32 sec 4.3
Both front and back views Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 41 sec 4.2
bird on a branch Locality Naro Moru River Lodge, Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya (ssp prentissgrayi)
Keith and Lynn Youngs 5 December 2013 17 weeks ago 22 sec 3.8
A bird perching at Hotel Cardoso Locality Maputo City, Mozambique (ssp vociferans)
Nacho Aransay 22 March 2013 1 year 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 11 years ago 27 sec 2.9
PhotosSee all 30 photos
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Dubi Shapiro 18 October 2010 2 years ago 4.7
A kingfisher shading itself under a leaf
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp Brown-hooded Kingfisher)
AnneMarks 26 November 2013 35 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Liwonde National Park, Southern Region, Malawi (ssp orientalis)
Nik Borrow 29 November 2013 37 weeks ago 4.5
A perching bird
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 9 April 2011 2 years ago 4.4
Close-up of young bird on concrete fence in garden
Locality North West Province, South Africa
Beltzer 14 August 2011 27 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Sakania, Haut-Katanga Province, Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (ssp prentissgrayi)
nvoaden 14 July 2013 48 weeks ago 4.2