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Photo © by mehdhalaouate
Queensland, Australia, May 2005
Ceyx azurea

Alcedo azurea


18 cm (7 in)

  • Deep blue to azure upperparts
  • Large white to buff spot on side of neck and throat
  • Rufous-buff with some blue-violet streaks on breast and flanks
  • Red feet
  • Rufous loral spot


Found throughout New Guinea including nearby islands, also the Moluccas, Australia and Tasmania.

Photo by jimmclean
Lane Cove National Park, Sydney, Australia, June 2006


This species is included in genus Alcedo by some authorities.


There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • C. a. affinis:
  • Northern Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera and Bacan)
  • C. a. lessonii:
  • New Guinea (except for the northwestern lowlands but including Fergusson Island), also the western Papuan islands (Misool, Batanta, and Waigeo) and the Aru Islands
  • C. a. ochrogaster:
  • C. a. yamdenae:
  • Tanimbar Islands (southern Banda Sea)
  • C. a. ruficollaris:
  • Coastal northern Australia and major offshore outlying islands
  • C. a. azurea:
  • C. a. diemenensis:

Subspecies C. a. wallaceanus is no longer recognized.


Always spotted near water of some kind; ponds, rivers, lakes and mangroves, estuaries and coastal waters.



The diet consists mostly of small fish and insects.


It nests in a chamber up to 1 metre long in an earthen creek bank. 5-7 white, rounded, glossy eggs are laid.


The voice is a high-pitched, shrill, pseet-pseet.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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