Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher (Cittura cyanotis) - HBW 6, p. 196

French: Martin-chasseur oreillard German: Blauohrliest Spanish: Martín Cazador de Célebes
Other common names: Blue-eared/Celebes/Sulawesi Blue-eared/Celebes Flat-billed Kingfisher, Lilac/Masked/Temminck’s Kingfisher

Taxonomy: Dacelo cyanotis Temminck, 1824, Sumatra; error = Sulawesi.
Distinctive, with no close relatives. Validity of race modesta has been questioned; may be inseparable from nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sanghirensis Sharpe, 1868 - Sangihe Is (Sangihe, Siau), off N Sulawesi.
  • cyanotis (Temminck, 1824) - N Sulawesi and Lembeh I.
  • modesta Stresemann, 1938 - SC & SE Sulawesi.