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Striped Kingfisher | Halcyon chelicuti

The Striped Kingfisher is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Dacelonidae bird family group which includes birds such as Dacelonid Kingfishers.

The description for the Striped Kingfisher (Latin name Halcyon chelicuti) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Halcyon chelicuti can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 437 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 182. You will find a picture of the Striped Kingfisher on page 193.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Striped Kingfisher between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Striped Kingfisher is known in Afrikaans as Gestreepte Visvanger.

The Striped Kingfisher has a height of 19 cms and weighs around 40 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured grey. The Halcyon chelicuti has a white coloured throat, red legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Halcyon chelicuti has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is grey

Legs are red

Throat is white

Back is grey

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This birds forages for fish and other aquatic dwellers through surface sizing and diving for food in the water.

The Halcyon chelicuti attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Striped Kingfisher is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 6 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builts its nest in a hole in the ground.

The Striped Kingfisher is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Striped Kingfisher is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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