Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

White-bellied Kingfisher (Alcedo leucogaster) - HBW 6, p. 233

French: Martin-pêcheur à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Zwergfischer Spanish: Martín Pescador Ventriblanco

Taxonomy: Halcyon leucogaster Fraser, 1843, Clarence, Bioko (Fernando Póo).
Closely related to A. cristata and A. vintsioides, and sometimes placed with them in a separate genus Corythornis; closely related also to A. nais and A. thomensis, either or both of which have often been treated as conspecific with present species. Population from S Nigeria to N Angola formerly separated as race batesi, but appears indistinguishable from nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bowdleri Neumann, 1908 - S Mauritania (Guidimaka), SW Mali (Mandingo Mts), and Guinea to S Ghana.
  • leucogaster (Fraser, 1843) - SW Nigeria to S Cameroon, Bioko I (Fernando Póo), Gabon and NW Angola.
  • leopoldi (Dubois, 1905) - Congo Basin in S Central African Republic and from Zaire E to S Uganda (Sango Bay, Mabira Forest).

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