French: Martin-pêcheur poucet German: Mangrovezwergfischer Spanish: Martín pescador menudo
Lobo, Triton Bay, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. halmaherae
(Salomonsen, 1934) – Halmahera, Bacan and Obi (N Moluccas).
C. p. pusillus
Temminck, 1836 – W Papuan Is, Kai Is and Aru Is through S New Guinea to D’Entrecasteaux Is (Goodenough, Fergusson), and S to islands in Torres Strait and extreme NE Australia (NE Cape York Peninsula, in N Queensland).
C. p. laetior
(Rand, 1941) – N New Guinea from Geelvink Bay E to Astrolabe Bay.
C. p. masauji
(Mathews, 1927) – Bismarck Archipelago (New Hanover, New Ireland, Djaul, Tabar Is, Umboi and New Britain).
C. p. bougainvillei
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1914) – Solomon Is from Buka and Bougainville SE to Choiseul, Santa Isabel and Florida Is.
C. p. richardsi
(Tristram, 1882) – New Georgia Group (WC Solomons).
C. p. aolae
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1914) – Guadalcanal (E Solomons).
C. p. ramsayi
(North, 1912) – N Australia from N Northern Territory (Melville I and Victoria R) E to N Queensland (W Cape York Peninsula).
C. p. halli
(Mathews, 1912) – E Queensland from Endeavour R S to Keppel Bay.
11 cm; male 10–15 g, female 10–14 g. Tiny kingfisher with blue upperparts and white underparts. Both sexes nominate race large white frontal and neck patches,... read more
High-pitched, repeated “tsee” or “peep” given in flight; at the nest other... read more
Coastal mangroves, Melaleuca and Nipa swamps, forested tidal or freshwater creeks... read more
Food and feeding
Tiny fish, crustaceans, shrimps (Malacostraca), and aquatic beetles (Coleoptera) and insect larvae. Perches quietly on a low perch less... read more
Lays in Feb in Northern Territory, in Oct–Apr in Queensland, in Jan–Apr in Papua New Guinea, and in Jun on Bougainville. Nest-... read more
Presumably sedentary, with local movements into flooded areas during the wet season. Recoveries of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common. In Australia, density of 0·08 birds/ha in mangroves in Northern Territory. Some subspecies, however, have... read more
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