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Subspecies badia
Photo by Michael Hooper
Royal Mile, Budongo, Uganda, October 2018
Halcyon badia


21 cm (8¼ in); a medium-sized kingfisher.

  • Chestnut head, mantle and wing coverts
  • Azure lower back, tail and wing panel
  • Chestnut tip of tail

White underparts


Tropical Africa: Sierra Leone to western Uganda, DRC and northern Angola; Bioko.



Halcyon badia has two subspecies:[1]

  • H. b. obscuridorsalis
  • H. b. badia


Primary and secondary forests, as well as gallery forest up to 1500 m.


Common, but heard more often than seen.


Their main diet consists of insects particularly grasshoppers and beetles. As well as crickets, cicadas and mantids.


A high-pitched note, followed by 10-15 decending whistles (lasting 5-6 seconds); pee, tee tee tee..


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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