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Ceyx sangirensis


c13 cm. Typical dwarf kingfisher similar to others in the region.

  • crown banded medium and dark blue, extending down to just above eye
  • throat white
  • overall rufous/orange brown including base of forehead and lores
  • wings and mantle slightly darker
  • ear patches 2, lilac
  • neck flash white
  • eye dark
  • lower back, rump, upper tail coverts and tail turquoise or cobalt (descriptions differ): darker than C. fallax
  • bill coral
  • feet coral

Similar species

Allopatric Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher has less extensive blue cap (does not extend to eye), is smaller, and has rump patch variously described as turquoise or electric blue (i.e. presumably brighter, not as dark).


Indonesia: Sangihe Islands (north-east of Sulawesi): may be extinct. The last claimed sighting was in 1997. The 2 known specimens came from Manado in Sulawesi so may not have originated in Sangihe [3].


This species may be included in Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher by some authors.


This is a monotypic species [1].





  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/
  3. Eaton, JA, B van Balen, NW Brickle, FE Rheindt 2021. Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago (Greater Sundas and Wallacea), Second Edition. Lynx Editions. ISBN978-84-16728-44-2

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