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 23 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 6 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 2 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 6 years ago 16 sec 4.8
calling and displaying with wings spread Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (ssp chelicuti)
Martin Kennewell 26 October 2010 50 weeks 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 22 photos
Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti)
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Jacques Erard 15 August 2010 41 weeks 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 4 years ago 4.5
A side view of an adult perched
Locality Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Greater Accra Region, Ghana (ssp eremogiton )
Lars Petersson 31 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp chelicuti)
Paul Cools 8 February 2011 1 year ago 4.4
Dorsal view of bird perching in dry forest
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 14 July 2009 2 years ago 4.4
Perched on a branch, scanning the ground for insects.
Locality Brufut, Western Division, The Gambia
Frans Vandewalle 22 February 2010 40 weeks ago 4.3