The grey-headed kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala) has a wide distribution from the Cape Verde Islands off the north-west coast of Africa to Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia, east to Ethiopia, Somalia and southern Arabia and south to South Africa.

A dry-country kingfisher of scrub and woodland, solitary or in pairs, often found near water, but unlike most kingfishers is not aquatic. Perches on a branch, unmoving for long periods while watching the ground for signs of insects or small lizards, bobbing head before diving on prey. In appearance very like the brown-hooded kingfisher but with a red rather than red and black bill and similar to the woodland kingfisher, but the woodland kingfisher lacks the chestnut belly and has greater coverage of cyan feathers on the back. Nests in holes in steep riverbanks and is aggressively protective of its nest by repeated dive-bombing of foraging monitor lizards. It is parasitised by the greater honeyguide. This species migrates at night and is often killed by flying into obstacles such as buildings, towers and powerlines.
Gray-headed Kingfisher
Date Location Count
2019-08-18 08:20Technopole1
2019-08-09 13:00Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel boat2
2019-08-13 07:00Murchison Falls NP--Pakuba3
2019-08-14 06:48Queen Elizabeth II NP1
2019-08-20 06:39Murchison Falls NP--north side (Wangkwar to Pakuba)1
2019-08-12 10:00Jemma Valley4
2019-08-13 09:00Melka Ghebdu5
2019-08-13 15:47Awash NP (Please use more specific hotspot)1
2019-08-19 06:30Serengeti NP--Northern Serengeti1
2019-08-21 08:29Serengeti NP1
2019-08-15 08:00Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater1
2019-08-17 11:00Africa Safari Glamping Tented Camp
2019-08-16 13:30Tarangire NP1
2019-08-15 06:48Taita Lowlands--Taita Sisal Estate Dam3
2019-08-10 11:00Salalah3
2019-08-11 11:46Ayn Tabraq1