Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti) - HBW 6, p. 210
French: Martin-chasseur strié
Spanish: Alción Estriado
Taxonomy: Alaudo[sic] Chelicuti Stanley, 1814, Chelicut, Ethiopia.
Previously placed in monospecific genus Chelicutia. Races intergrade; a certain amount of geographical variation in dorsal coloration does not seem sufficient to warrant recognition of proposed races hylobia (W Zaire, NW Angola) and damarensis (S Angola E to Mozambique and Transvaal). Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- eremogiton Hartert, 1921 - Sahel zone from SC Mali and N Nigeria E to Sudan.
- chelicuti (Stanley, 1814) - S Mauritania to NW & S Somalia, S to NE Namibia, Botswana and N & NE South Africa (Natal).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 25 videos
A bird taking shelter from the sun with its bill opened Locality Atlantic Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp eremogiton)
Dave Jackson 20 November 2006 7 years ago 20 sec 4.8
Two birds on a dead trunk, watching for prey. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp chelicuti)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 8 years ago 35 sec 4.8
A bird calling till its partner comes and gets excited. Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp chelicuti)
Daniêl Jimenez 30 December 2011 3 years ago 1 min 4 sec 4.8
A close-up of a bird preening its breast Locality Atlantic Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp eremogiton)
Dave Jackson 20 November 2006 7 years ago 16 sec 4.8
calling and displaying with wings spread Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (ssp chelicuti)
Martin Kennewell 26 October 2010 1 year ago 21 sec 4.3
A bird on a dead trunk, watching for prey. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp chelicuti)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 8 years ago 34 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 26 photos
Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti)
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Jacques Erard 15 August 2010 1 year ago 4.6
bird perched near Lake Langano Hotel
Locality Lake Langano (Wabe Shebelle) Hotel, Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 21 November 2009 5 years ago 4.5
A side view of an adult perched
Locality Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Greater Accra Region, Ghana (ssp eremogiton)
Lars Petersson 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp chelicuti)
Paul Cools 8 February 2011 2 years ago 4.4
Dorsal view of bird perching in dry forest
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 14 July 2009 3 years ago 4.4
Perched on a branch, scanning the ground for insects.
Locality Brufut, Western Division, The Gambia
Frans Vandewalle 22 February 2010 1 year ago 4.3