The striped kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti) is a species of bird in the tree kingfisher subfamily. It was first described by Edward, Lord Stanley, in Salt's Voyage to Abyssinia in 1814 as "Chelicut kingfisher" Alaudo Chelicuti.

The genus name Halcyon comes from a bird in Greek legend generally associated with the kingfisher. There was an ancient belief that the halcyon nested on the sea, which it calmed in order to lay its eggs on a floating nest. The species' name chelicuti derives from Chelicut in Ethiopia, the location at which Stanley's type specimen was obtained.

This is a highly territorial bird which will chase off not only others of the same species, but also shrikes, doves and rollers. The territory may be up to three hectares (7.4 acres) in size, and hold 100 tall trees. It is surveyed from a treetop by its owner, who sings from before dawn intermittently until after midday.
Striped Kingfisher
Date Location Count
2019-08-13 07:00Murchison Falls NP--Pakuba1
2019-08-11 16:50Nyarutarama Lake and Golf Course1
2019-08-08 08:21Mabamba Swamp3
2019-08-06 06:49Serengeti NP1
2019-08-08 07:21Gorongosa NP--Road to Chitengo Camp1
2019-08-12 15:38Gorongosa NP1
2019-08-11 06:53Gorongosa NP--Chitengo Camp1
2019-08-17 06:32Swazi-Hlane NP2
2019-08-09 08:30Panda Woodlands1
2019-08-14 15:34Phinda Private Game Reserve1
2019-08-18 09:35Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge1
2019-08-15 09:39iSimangaliso Wetland Park--Eastern Shores1