Previously placed in genus Alcedo. Molecular data, however, indicate that this species is part of the C. erithaca species-group (a well-supported clade including also C. melanurus, C. erithaca, C. lepidus and C. argentatus, and taxa previously included within those species)#R. Closely related to C. argentatus and especially to C. nigrirostris, with which hitherto treated as conspecific (see that species). Monotypic.
Luzon, Polillo, Alabat#R, Catanduanes, Mindoro, Marinduque, Sibuyan, Masbate and Ticao (N Philippines).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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