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Ceyx pictus 

Linguistics
Actual scientific name :   Ceyx pictus 
     
Old scientific name :   Ispidina picta natalensis 
     
French name :   Martin-pêcheur pygmée
     
English name :   African Pygmy Kingfisher
     
Vernacular name :  
Katantalualuba (Kiluba-PNU) ; kasabula nkala wa pa mukuna (Tshiluba) ; kyelekyele (Kibemba)
 
 

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Description :   The smallest kingfisher. Distinguished from the Malachite Kinfisher by its tiny size, the absence of an erectile tuft on its head and by its orange supercilium.  
     
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Diet :   Even though it frequents streams, this bird feeds in the forest. Feeds mainly on insects.  
     
Life history :   This bird does intra-african migrations that brings it in Katanga during the rainy season, period at which it nests here after building its nest at the bottom of a small tunnel.  
     
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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