French: Martin-pêcheur gracieux German: Molukkenzwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo de las Molucas
Other common names:
Variable Dwarf-kingfisher, Variable Kingfisher (in expanded form, see below)
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. uropygialis
G. R. Gray, 1861 – Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Tidore, Bacan, Bisa and Obi (N Moluccas).
C. l. lepidus
Temminck, 1836 – Ambelau, Ambon, Seram, Saparua, Seram Laut and Watubela (S Moluccas).
14 cm; male 11–21 g, female 13–24 g. Small kingfisher with three toes. Both sexes of nominate race have orange loral spot, white bar on sides of neck, blackish... read more
Shrill repeated “tzeeip” in flight, also shrill “chree”; possible duetting... read more
Primary and secondary rainforest, monsoon forest, thick vegetation along streams, overgrown... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, such as dragonflies (Odonata), mayflies (Ephemeroptera), midges (Culicomorpha), grasshoppers and locusts (Orthoptera), crickets (... read more
Lays in Sept in Moluccas. Nest in an earth or streamside bank, in earth around roots of a fallen tree, or in termite nest; short tunnel, 5... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Species is widely distributed, over a great number of islands, and is common in many areas. Information on the species’ ecology and behaviour is... read more
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