Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Least Concern

New Georgia Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx collectoris)


French: Martin-pêcheur de Nouvelle-Géorgie German: Neugeorgien-Zwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo de Nueva Georgia

Ceyx lepida collectoris

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1901,

Guadalcanal; error = central Solomons


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 others in the Solomon Is complex in various characters (see C. meeki, C. nigromaxilla and C. gentianus), and from sacerdotis in its all-red vs two-toned bill (3); slightly greener-tinged blue dorsum (1); smaller, more rufous ear-covert patch (1); smaller size (effect size for wing –2.45; score 2). Monotypic.

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New Georgia Group (from Vella Labella to Gatukai), in WC Solomons.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Small, forest-based kingfisher with three toes, dark purple-blue above and deep rufous-orange below, with an orange-red bill and legs and feet. Adult has blackish head... read more


A high-pitched whistle, usually given in flight, “tzzeep”, like other Melanesian members of the... read more


Old-growth forest and dense secondary vegetation in lowlands and foothills; usually found in the... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing known, beyond a female had skink bones and insect parts in stomach contents.


No data.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: endemic to Solomon group EBA. Described as common in many areas and has several large subpopulations, with totals of 23–63... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). New Georgia Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx collectoris). 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 22 November 2019).