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African Dwarf Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Royal Mile, Budongo Forest, Uganda.

Alternative name: Dwarf Kingfisher

Ispidina lecontei


10 cm (4 in) Smallest Kingfisher

  • Rufous head
  • Black forehead
  • Small iridescent blue tips to crown feathers

Sexes similar


Africa: found from Sierra Leone to northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Uganda, and northern Angola


Two subspecies are recognized[1].


Primary rainforest, tropical moist broadleaf forest, often along streams, also dense undergrowth in riverine forest.



Their main diet consists of insects, such as damselflies, mantises, beetles and their larvae; ants and large flies.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Woodall, P.F. (2020). African Dwarf-kingfisher (Ispidina lecontei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55780 on 7 March 2020)

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