A medium-sized tree kingfisher that is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common species of a variety of wooded habitats with some trees, especially Acacias, including around human habitation. Although it is a "kingfisher", it prefers drier habitats in more traditional woodland and can be far from water. It is often solitary but can occur in small groups. Hunting insects in taller dry woodland, riverine forest, and forest edges. The nest is a tree hole excavated by a woodpecker or barbet. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. The species is evaluated as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List.
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