Woodland Kingfisher

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 January 2009
Scientific Name
Halcyon senegalensis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Halcyon
  • H. senegalensis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.8 to 9 inches
1.4 to 2.8 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 林地翡翠
Czech (Cesky) Ledňáček Senegalský
Danish (Dansk) Skovisfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Senegalese IJsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) Afrikanmetsäkalastaja
French (Français) Martin-chasseur du Sénégal
German (Deutsch) Senegalliest
Italian (Italiano) Martin Pescatore di Bosco
Japanese (日本語) セネガルショウビン (Senegarushoubin)
Norwegian (Norsk) Lundisfugl
Polish (Polski) Lowiec Jasny
Russian (русский язык) Сенегальская альциона
Spanish (Español) Alción del Senegal
Swedish (Svenska) Savannkungsfiskare
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