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Ian Fulton | profile | all galleries >> African Galleries >> Gabon >> Birds of Gabon - Individual Species galleries >> Chocolate-backed Kingfisher tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

African Darter | African Finfoot | African Pied Hornbill | Black-headed Bee-eater | Blue-breasted Bee-eater | Blue-spotted Wood-Dove | Cassin's Flycatcher | Cattle Egret | Chocolate-backed Kingfisher | Congo Moor Chat | Damara Tern | Forbes's Plover | Giant Kingfisher | Gosling's Apalis | Hartlaub's Duck | Lesser Striped Swallow | Little Greenbul | Long-legged Pipit | Palm-nut Vulture | Pel's Fishing Owl | Pin-tailed Whydah | Royal Tern | Rufous-naped (Malbrant's) Lark | Slender-billed Weaver | Sooty Flycatcher | Swamp Bulbul | Swamp Nightjar | Vermiculated Fishing Owl | Vieillot's Black Weaver | White-crested Hornbill | White-crested Tiger Heron | Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Chocolate-backed Kingfisher

(halcyon badia)
The Chocolate-backed Kingfisher is only found in forests and is not particularly associated with water. It has a fairly distinct far carrying call so it is more often seen than heard. Once located it often will sit still on a perch for a while allowing close approach if you are lucky. These photos were taken in typically gloomy forest locations.
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Ipassa Research Station-Makokou, Gabon
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Ipassa Research Station-Makokou, Gabon
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Ipassa Research Station-Makokou, Gabon
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Ipassa Research Station-Makokou, Gabon
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Lope NP, Gabon
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Lope NP, Gabon
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Lope NP, Gabon
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Lope NP, Gabon