French: Martin-pêcheur flamboyant German: Goldzwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo de Luzón
Other common names:
Philippine Dwarf-kingfisher (when lumped with C. mindanensis)
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. melanurus
(Kaup, 1848) – Luzon, Polillo, Alabat and Catanduanes (N Philippines); possibly this race recorded on Tablas.
C. m. samarensis
Steere, 1890 – Samar and Leyte (EC Philippines).
12 cm; 16·4 g. Tiny kingfisher with three toes. Both sexes of nominate race possess blue-and-white neck mark, lilac-rufous head and upperparts, black wings and inner... read more
High-pitched insect-like squeak, rendered “zeeep”, almost inaudible.
Dense primary forest, also secondary forest; from coast to 750 m, with a single record from 1050 m... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and larvae, also small crabs. Feeding technique not described, but usually perches 1·5–3 m above ground.
Specimens with enlarged gonads in May from Samar and in Apr from Luzon. Immatures recorded in Jul and Dec. No other information available. read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Population thought to number 10,000–20,000 birds and considered to be declining. Scarce or rare, but possibly under-recorded owing to its secretive habits.... read more
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