Striped Kingfisher

Halcyon chelicuti

Striped Kingfisher, Halcyon chelicuti, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed on a farm plot west of Eldoret, Kenya. December 31, 2013. This bird was actively hunting at dusk in dim light - thus the grainy picture.

From Wikipedia: The Striped Kingfisher averages 16 to 18 cm from beak to tail. Perched adults look mostly greyish brown on the upper part of the body. The lower back, secondary flight feathers, and tail are metallic blue; this colour is much more visible when the bird flies than when it is perched, as is a white patch at the base of the primary flight feathers. The wing linings are white with a black border, and in males a black bar at the base of the primaries.The underparts are off-white, buffier on the breast, with brown streaks on the sides in Kenyan birds.Also streaked dark brown is the top of the head, with the background buffy grey in males and brownish in females. The sides of the head, throat, and a collar around the back of the neck continue the off-white of the underparts. A black line goes around the back of the neck, above the white collar, and through the eyes. The bill is blackish above and at the tip, otherwise reddish-orange below.

Halcyonidae -- Kingfisher Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, created 8 April 2014