Mangrove Kingfisher ( Halcyon senegaloides, family: Dacelonidae)

The Mangrove Kingfisher (Latin name Halcyon senegaloides) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 434 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 179 also a picture of the Mangrove Kingfisher on page 193. The Mangrove Kingfisher belongs to the family of birds classified as Dacelonidae.

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Mangrove Kingfisher is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park.

In terms of distribution of the Mangrove Kingfisher in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Mangrove Kingfisher : see above distribution map.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The Mangrove Kingfisher is a bird about the same size as a starling. The height of the Mangrove Kingfisher is about 24 cms and its weight is about 85 gms

The male and female Mangrove Kingfisher have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is grey.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is red.
  • Throat is white.
  • Back is grey.
  • Legs are red.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Mangrove Kingfisher feeds on the ground and in or around water mainly


Aquatic life forms

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Mangrove Kingfisher is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Halcyon senegaloides will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Mangrove Kingfisher is to create the nest in a hole in the ground. The bird lays eggs which are white in colour and number between 3

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Mangrove Kingfisher are: woodlands and grasslands and riverine areas

You will not see Mangrove Kingfisher in flocks. The bird prefers to act singly or in pairs.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... uNongozolo

Afrikaans ...Manglietvisvanger

German ... Mangroveliest

Portuguese ... Pica-peixe-dos-mangais

French ... Martin-chasseur des mangroves

Dutch ... Mangrove-Ijsvogel

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 434

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,