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North Solomons Dwarf Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Ceyx meeki

Includes: Bougainville Dwarf Kingfisher


A very tiny kingfisher measuring only 11-13 cm. Sexes are alike.


Solomon Islands (Bougainville, Buka, Choiseul and Santa Isabel).


Formerly included in Variable Dwarf Kingfisher.


Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • C. m. pallidus in Solomon Islands (Bougainville and Buka)
  • C. m. meeki in Solomon Islands (Choiseul and Santa Isabel)


As most of the kingfisher species this bird is solitary and often more heard than seen near streams and rivers thus the nest is a hole dug in the banks.


Feeds on insects captured in flight, spiders and crickets.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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