Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Vulnerable

Bismarck Kingfisher (Ceyx websteri)


Taxonomy

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

Alcyone websteri

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1898,

New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55798 on 19 February 2019).