E. P. Ramsay, 1882,
Kabahadai, New Britain.
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 Variable Dwarf-kingfisher taxa to the E (discounting New Ireland) in characters outlined below for meeki, collectoris and gentianus, and from nigromaxilla (with which it shares a two-toned bill) in the latter’s narrower bill (effect size −3.596, score 2), smaller, darker loral spot (2), little or no shining mid-blue on dorsum (2) and richer, darker underparts (1). Monotypic.
New Britain and nearby islands of Umboi, Lolobau and Watom.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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