Woodland Kingfisher

Scientific Name:
Halcyon senegalensis
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Woodland Kingfisher

The Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) is a species of kingfisher found in sub-Saharan Africa.


Woodland Kingfishers are typically found in a variety of woodland habitats, including savannas, open forests, riverine areas, and scrublands. They are often associated with water bodies such as rivers, streams, and lakes, where they can find suitable nesting sites and abundant insect prey. These kingfishers are commonly seen in both natural and human-altered landscapes, including agricultural areas, urban parks, and gardens.


Woodland Kingfishers are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 20 to 23 centimeters (8 to 9 inches) in length. They have a stout body, short tail, and relatively large head with a long, pointed bill adapted for catching insects and small vertebrates. Their plumage is predominantly blue-green on the upperparts, with a white underbelly and a distinctive chestnut-colored crown and back. Best Viewing The best places to view Woodland Kingfishers are in woodland habitats with suitable perching sites and abundant insect prey. Look for them perched on branches or wires overlooking open areas, such as grasslands or water bodies, where they can be seen scanning for prey. These kingfishers are often observed in pairs or solitary individuals, calling loudly from prominent perches.