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Woodland Kingfisher

Worm-eating Warbler
Wood Thrush

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Wood Thrush

  • Hylocichla mustelina
  • Thrushes & Mimids

About the Woodland Kingfisher

Also known as: Angola Kingfisher, Blue-and-white Kingfisher, Red-and-black-billed Kingfisher, Senegal Kingfisher

The Woodland Kingfisher is a species of tree kingfisher that can be found in tropical Africa south of the Sahara. Populations near the equator are resident, while outlying populations migrate towards the equator during the dry season.

Woodland Kingfishers are aggressively territorial birds, known to attack intruders, including humans, that dare to enter their territory. These kingfishers can often be seen perching on a dead branch looking for food, which includes insects, snakes, fish and frogs.

The population trend for the Woodland Kingfisher is stable, and it has a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 26 January 2009
Scientific Name Halcyon senegalensis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Halcyon
  • H. senegalensis
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.8 to 9 inches
1.4 to 2.8 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa

International Names

  • 林地翡翠 (Chinese)
  • Ledňáček Senegalský (Czech)
  • Skovisfugl (Danish)
  • Senegalese IJsvogel (Dutch)
  • Afrikanmetsäkalastaja (Finnish)
  • Martin-chasseur du Sénégal (French)
  • Senegalliest (German)
  • Martin Pescatore di Bosco (Italian)
  • セネガルショウビン (Senegarushoubin) (Japanese)
  • Lundisfugl (Norwegian)
  • Lowiec Jasny (Polish)
  • Сенегальская альциона (Russian)
  • Alción del Senegal (Spanish)
  • Savannkungsfiskare (Swedish)

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