Family Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Near Threatened

Southern Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Ceyx nigrirostris)


French: Martin-pêcheur à bec noir German: Indigobrust-Zwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo piquinegro

Ceyx nigrirostris

Bourns and Worcester

, 1894,

Panay, Negros and Cebu


Previously placed in Alcedo, but molecular data indicate that this species is part of C. erithaca species-group (see C. cyanopectus). Closely related to C. argentatus and especially C. cyanopectus, with which hitherto treated as conspecific, but differs in its all-black bill (2); breastband and flanks blue with greenish-blackish tone vs deep royal blue (2); underparts of female rufous-tan vs rufous-chestnut (richer in female cyanopectus than in male) (2); paler (slightly greener), broader and softer-edged blue tips of crown feathers, merging in an all-blue nape (ns[2]); slightly smaller bill and wing length (effect size for bill −1.37; but n=7) (1). Monotypic.

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Panay, Negros and Cebu (C Philippines).

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Small, largely dark blue-and-rufous kingfisher. Compared to formerly conspecific C. cyanopectus, the present species chiefly differs in its all-black bill,... read more


Apparently undescribed.


Forested and scrub-lined streams in lowlands, foothills and lower montane areas, as well as palm... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences from formerly conspecific C. cyanopectus, but little studied and even data for the latter species are... read more


Nothing known.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. No estimate of overall population, but thought to be declining and overall range is not large—estimated by... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Southern Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Ceyx nigrirostris). 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).