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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Woodland Kingfisher

Afrikaans name: Bosveldvisvanger

A Woodland Kingfisher bringing food to its nest hole

Photo © Gerrit de Vries -

Halcyon senegalensis

The Woodland Kingfisher is a beautiful bird and, as its name suggests, it is normally found away from water.

It is widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa but in South Africa it is restricted to the north-eastern region. They are common in Kruger National Park during summer.

They nest in South Africa while they are here. The nest of the Woodland Kingfisher is either a natural hole in a tree or one that has been abandoned by a Barbet or Woodpecker. Up to 4 eggs are laid and they are cared for by both parents.

Woodland Kingfishers feed off a wide variety of insects, reptiles, small birds and other items. They hunt from a perch and keep a lookout for food items on the ground around them.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 99

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 93

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 46

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 124

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 377

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 374

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 258

List of South African Birds

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