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.
Buru (S Moluccas).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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