Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher, Corythornis cristatus

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Scientific name: Corythornis cristatus




Call: a short shrill seek

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Song: a chuckling li-cha-cha-chui-chui

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[1] Bonnington, C., Weaver, D., & Fanning, E. (2008). The habitat preference of four kingfisher species along a branch of the Kilombero River, southern Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology, 46(3), 424-427. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2007.00812.x

[2] Hockey, P. A. R. (1997). Africa’s kingfishers: A guide to their identification. Africa — Birds & Birding, 2(1), 61-65.

[3] Kisasa Kafutshi, R., & Aloni Kumanda, J. (2011). The impact of soil texture on the selection of nesting sites by the Malachite Kingfisher. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology, 82(3), 243-246. doi: 10.2989/00306525.2011.616696 1.616696">10.2989/00306525.2011.616696

[4] Libois, R., & Laudelout, A. (2004). Food niche segregation between the Malachite Kingfisher, Alcedo cristata, and the Pied Kingfisher, Ceryle rudis, at Lake Nokoué, Bénin. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology, 75(1/2), 32-38. doi: 10.2989/00306520409485409

[5] Reyer, H.-U., Migongo-Bake, W., & Schmidt, L. (1988). Field studies and experiments on distribution and foraging of pied and malachite kingfishers at Lake Nakuru (Kenya). The Journal of Animal Ecology, 57(2), 595-610.


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Malachite Kingfisher Subspecies
Scientific name Range
Corythornis cristatus cristatus S Angola, sw Zambia and Limpopo R. south to Cape Province
Corythornis cristatus galeritus Africa s of Sahara south to Limpopo River and Mozambique
Corythornis cristatus nais Príncipe (Gulf of Guinea)
Corythornis cristatus robertsi N Namibia and s Angola to nw Zimbabwe and sw Zambia
Corythornis cristatus thomensis São Tomé (Gulf of Guinea)

Data sources:

  • Birds, (accessed through GBIF data portal,
  • Bird Collection of Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS, (accessed through GBIF data portal,
  • Peabody Ornithology DiGIR Service, (accessed through GBIF data portal,
  • eBird, (accessed through GBIF data portal,

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