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Halcyon chelicuti chelicuti 

Linguistics
Actual scientific name :   Halcyon chelicuti chelicuti 
     
Old scientific name :   Halcyon chelicuti chelicuti 
     
French name :   Martin-chasseur (ou halcyon) striť
     
English name :   Striped Kingfisher
     
Vernacular name :  
Sungununwa (Kiluba-PNU) ; mutoku (Kitshok) ; nkolowela (Lunda) ; nshililila, akansubukila (Kibemba)
 
 

Zoology
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Description :   Wing tips, rump and tail are blue. Head and most of the rest of the wings are brownish. There is extensive white on the underwing and a white flash in the upperwing. Underparts and collar are off-white striped with brown. Bill is black-and-red.  
     
Habitat :   Quite common in Katanga, it is mostly seen in relatively dry habitats, open woodland or grassy savannah.  
     
Behaviour :   Is not associated to water.  
     
Diet :   Insectivorous, it catches its prey on the ground.  
     
Life history :   Nests in tree holes or in old swallows' nests. Here, sometimes nests in the beginning of the rainy season which is unususal for a bird of this family.  
     
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
 
 
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The vernacular names were collected in the field and in the colonial literature from the first part of the 20th century. The monks who established the first dictionaries were not necessarily informed naturalists. Therefore, errors must have been committed.

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