Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands.
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 other taxa formerly grouped under Variable Dwarf-kingfisher in its relatively small size, intermediate between solitarius and all other taxa (probably score 1); markedly yellowish underparts (2); “pale yellow” to “yellow” (label data on all four specimens in NHMUK) vs coral-red feet (3 except against gentianus, which has pale orange feet [score 2] but also differs radically in upperpart and underpart colours); black of head and wings sparsely but strongly spangled turquoise-blue (3 except against C. cajeli, from which it differs in greener spangling extending onto malar area, bill colour and dorsal colour) (3). Recent molecular evidence#R suggests that form pallidus, which is so close in plumage to meeki that it was not accepted as a valid taxon in HBW, is genetically as distinct as other taxa in the exploded Variable Dwarf-kingfisher complex; given its weak morphological distinctiveness (slightly paler below than meeki), its proximity to range of meeki and the fact that only a single specimen was sampled in the molecular study, however, it is accepted here as a race. Two subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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