Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Least Concern

New Britain Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx sacerdotis)


Taxonomy

French: Martin-pêcheur de Nouvelle-Bretagne German: Neubritannien-Zwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo de Nueva Bretaña
Taxonomy:

Ceyx sacerdotis

E. P. Ramsay

, 1882,

Kabahadai, New Britain

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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.

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Distribution:

New Britain and nearby islands of Umboi, Lolobau and Watom.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 17–20·5 g. Small, forest-based kingfisher with three toes. Adult has purple-blue upperparts with paler blue spotting on crown and wing-coverts, and marginally brighter... read more

Voice

Characteristic, high-pitched whistle, usually given in flight, rendered “tzzeep”. Pairs duet,... read more

Habitat

Old-growth forest and dense secondary vegetation in lowlands and foothills, to 1300 m (W New... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing known.

Breeding

No information, beyond that the species apparently lays in Jul–Sept.

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: endemic to New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Fairly common and widespread in lowlands of New Britain, albeit easily... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). New Britain Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx sacerdotis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/467391 on 18 November 2019).