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
2020-03-15 07:00Etosha NP--Namutoni Camp1
2020-03-09 07:11Murchison Falls NP--Northern Gate area1
2020-03-06 07:10Murchison Falls NP--Boat trip Paraa to Victoria Nile Delta5
2020-03-12 10:00Chobe River--west of Kasane1
2020-03-15 15:16Stephanie Wildlife Sanctuary2
2020-03-11 14:15Maasai Mara NR--Naibor Camp1
2020-03-13 09:33Yabello Sanctuary1
2020-03-12 16:05Lake Manyara--Serena Lodge1
2020-03-13 08:32Lake Manyara NP (Arusha)1
2020-03-10 09:05Awash NP--southern section2
2020-03-15 09:30Amboseli NP1
2020-03-20 06:00Nyumba ya Mungu Reservoir1
2020-03-13 17:30Voi (general)1
2020-03-29 06:33Mikimba Swamp1
2020-03-10 07:17Sabaki River Estuary
2020-03-11~Swazi-Mkhaya Game Reserve1
2020-03-26 09:15Wadi Kheesh1