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 1 year 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 36 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 34 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 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Liwonde National Park, Southern Region, Malawi (ssp orientalis)
Nik Borrow 29 November 2013 1 year ago 4.5
A perching bird
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 9 April 2011 3 years ago 4.4
Close-up of young bird on concrete fence in garden
Locality North West Province, South Africa
Beltzer 14 August 2011 46 weeks ago 4.3
Locality St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Peter Boesman 9 weeks ago 4.3