Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)


Bismarck Kingfisher (Ceyx websteri)


French: Martin-pêcheur des Bismarck German: Bismarckzwergfischer Spanish: Martín pescador de las Bismarck

Alcyone websteri

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1898,

New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago


Previously placed in Alcedo, but recent molecular study found that this species formed a clade with C. pusillus and C. azureus and that this clade was sister to the C. erithaca species-group (which see)#R. Monotypic.


Bismarck Archipelago (New Hanover, New Ireland, Lihir Is, Umboi, New Britain; sight record, Feni).

Descriptive notes

22 cm; male 54–57 g, female 67 g. Both sexes have white loral feathers, large creamy-white neck patch, greenish-blue head and upperparts, extending as patch on side of... read more


Loud whistle, louder, stronger and less sibilant than that of Alcedo atthis.


Lowland forest streams and rivers, less commonly streams in degraded or logged forest, generally... read more

Food and feeding

Fish, crayfish and shrimps, also insects and larvae. Often perches on dead tree limbs, close to water, then dives into water to catch prey... read more


A laying female was collected in Nov on Lihir Is. No other information on breeding available.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Little-known kingfisher. Few records of this species exist, although little information... read more

Recommended citation

Woodall, P.F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Bismarck Kingfisher (Ceyx websteri). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 November 2019).