Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis
Woodland Kingfisher, Kakum, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

May / June 2011

The Woodland Kingfisher is distributed in tropical Africa from coast to coast. In Ghana there are two sub-species, H. s. fuscopileus, with a darker grey crown and greyer breast (photo 1), and the nominate H. s. senegalensis which is larger with a paler crown and breast (photo 2). H. s. fuscopileus is sedentary in the forest zone of the south while H. s. senegalensis is found in the northern savannas and migrates further north from about May until November.

It feeds on insects, mainly grasshoppers, moths, butterflies, ants, termites, lizards, snakes, small mammals and small birds.

The song is a single sharp note followed by a descending trill.

Woodland Kingfisher, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image
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