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Bismarck Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Ceyx websteri

Alternative names: Bismarck Pygmy-kingfisher; Island Kingfisher; Webster's Kingfisher


22 cm

  • Greeny-blue upperparts
  • Large creamy-white neck patch
  • Pale buff underparts with blue patches on side of breast
  • Partial blue collar
  • Black bill and legs

Females obviously lack the blue patches on side of breast. Juvenile not described.


Found in the Bismarck Archipelago (Papua New Guinea) on New Hanover, New Ireland, Lihir Island, Umboi and New Britain. Also recorded from Feni.
A little-known species with a small range. The population is most probably declining due to habitat loss.


The species is monotypic.
Sometimes placed in genus Alcedo. Forms a superspecies with Shining-blue Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher and possibly also Blue-eared Kingfisher.


Moist lowland forests, rivers, freshwater lakes, and freshwater marshes.
Found from sea-level up to 250m, probably higher.


Feeds on fish, shrimps and crayfish. Takes also insects and larvae.
Perches on dead tree limbs to dive into water to catch prey, then returns to same place.
A laying female was collected in November. No other information about breeding.
Presumably a sedentary species.


  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 2001. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 6: Mousebirds to Hornbills. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334306
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  3. BirdLife International

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