Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Near Threatened

Manus Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx dispar)


French: Martin-pêcheur de Manus German: Manuszwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo de Manus

Ceyx dispar

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1914,

Manus, Admiralty Islands


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 sexually dimorphic female with buffy-orange head and malar (4); much broader, more complete shining mid-blue back to uppertail-coverts (3). Monotypic.


Manus I, in Admiralty Is (NW Bismarck Archipelago).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 20 g. Small, blue-and-orange kingfisher with a bright orange bill. Male has largely royal-blue head, with small white patch behind ear-coverts, orange lores and white... read more


Not specifically described, but is not known to differ from other forms belonging to the C.... read more


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

Food and feeding

Nothing known.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: endemic to Admirality Islands EBA. The population size has not been estimated, but... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Manus Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx dispar). 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 November 2019).