Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Chocolate-backed Kingfisher (Halcyon badia) - HBW 6, p. 209

French: Martin-chasseur marron German: Kastanienliest Spanish: Alción Castaño

Taxonomy: Halcyon (Cancrophaga) badia J. Verreaux and E. Verreaux, 1851, Gabon.
Shows some affinities to H. smyrnensis and H. cyanoventris. Birds of Bioko I described as race lopezi and those from W Uganda as budongoensis, but neither considered sufficiently distinct to merit recognition. Monotypic.

Distribution: Sierra Leone E to Ghana, and from S Nigeria, Bioko I (Fernando Póo) and S Cameroon E to extreme SW Central African Republic and S to Gabon and, marginally, N Angola (Cabinda, R Cuango), also Zaire (except N & SE) and extreme W Uganda (forests of Maragambo, Bwamba, Bugoma and Budongo).

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