Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti) - HBW 6, p. 210

French: Martin-chasseur strié German: Streifenliest 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).