Wild Birds

Mangrove Kingfishers

The Mangrove Kingfishers (Halcyon senegaloides) is a relatively common Southern African Tree Kingfisher with a large range. This species usually stays close to the coast, although may move up river systems.


It averages 21 -23 cm in length (including tail).

It has an all-red bill and a light grey head. The upperparts are turquoise. It has a black carpal patch on the otherwise white underwing coverts.

Males and females look alike.

Calls / Vocalizations

It is a noisy species that utters a loud ringing “cheet choo-che che che” ending in a trill.

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