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Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) - HBW 6, p. 211

French: Martin-chasseur du Sénégal German: Senegalliest Spanish: Alción Senegalés
Other common names: Angola/Red-and-black-billed/Senegal Kingfisher, Angolan Woodland Kingfisher

Taxonomy: Alcedo senegalensis Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Forms a superspecies with H. senegaloides. S race cyanoleuca has in past been treated as a full species. Race fuscopilea sometimes merged with nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • senegalensis (Linnaeus, 1766) - Senegambia E to Ethiopia and S to W Kenya, NW Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • fuscopilea Reichenow, 1906 - Sierra Leone to S Nigeria, Bioko I (Fernando Póo) and Congo Basin.
  • cyanoleuca (Vieillot, 1818) - NW Tanzania S to Angola, Botswana and NE South Africa.