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Half-collared Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Adult male
Photo © by glazzers
Sabi River, South Africa, August 2005
Alcedo semitorquata


Length 18 cm (7 in), 35-40 g.
Bill black, back and rump brilliant blue. The throat and chin are white, and there is a whitish mark on the side of the neck; the breast and belly are orange.

Similar Species

Similar to the Shining-blue Kingfisher, but the breast and upper parts are paler, and the latter has a rufous loral spot.


Southern and eastern Africa:
Western Africa: Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: [[Namibia], Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini



Alcedo semitorquata has three subspecies:[1]

  • A. s. heuglini
  • A. s. semitorquata
  • A. s. tephria


Near water; usually narrow streams and rivers fringed by dense vegetation.


Solitary or in pairs; generally inconspicuous. Flight is fast and direct.


Diet is mainly fish; also eats crabs and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

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