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Alcedo semitorquata tephria 

Actual scientific name :   Alcedo semitorquata tephria 
Old scientific name :   Alcedo semitorquata  
French name :   Martin-pêcheur à demi collier
English name :   Half-collared Kingfisher
Vernacular name :  
Katantalualuba (Kiluba-PNU) ; kasabula nkala wa pa mukuna (Tshiluba) ; kyelekyele (Kibemba)


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Description :   This small kingfisher with blue upperparts and orange underparst has a completely black bill.  
Habitat :   Wooded streams and rivers.  
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Diet :   Mainly fish, sometimes crabs.  
Life history :   Nests in a gallery dug in the riverbank of the river it frequents. Eggs are laid during the dry season when water level is low enough to uncover the vertical walls of the banks.  
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
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