Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Near Threatened

Buru Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx cajeli)


French: Martin-pêcheur de Buru German: Buruzwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo de Buru

Ceyx cajeli


, 1863,



Until recently considered a race of C. lepidus (which see), but molecular analysis suggests species status#R and this is supported by morphological evidence: present species differs from all other taxa formerly grouped under Variable Dwarf-kingfisher in its clear white vs buffy-white throat (1); greatly reduced blue flecking on crown, head sides and wing-coverts, resulting in an almost black appearance, notably on malar area, where the contrast with white throat is striking (3); pale turquoise-blue vs royal-blue flecking to crown and palest, almost silvery, blue dorsum (3). Moreover, it differs from lepidus/uropygialis (the forms which it most closely resembles) in its longer wing, indicating slightly larger size (effect size 2.39; score 2). Monotypic.

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Buru (S Moluccas).

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Small kingfisher with startlingly bright pale blue back, rump and uppertail-coverts contrasting strongly with blackish-blue upperparts; head mostly blackish-blue, but... read more


Apparently undescribed.


Occurs in forested habitats, not necessarily near watercourses and may tolerate secondary forest... read more

Food and feeding

Aquatic invertebrates and minute fish captured from ditches and ponds.


Nothing known.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Overall population has not been quantified, but is inferred to be moderately small and it is restricted to a... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Buru Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx cajeli). 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 17 October 2019).