Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Madagascar Pygmy-kingfisher (Ceyx madagascariensis) - HBW 6, p. 230

French: Martin-pêcheur malgache German: Madagaskarzwergfischer Spanish: Martín Pigmeo Malgache
Other common names: Madagascar Rufous Kingfisher

Taxonomy: Alcedo madagascariensis Linnaeus, 1766, Madagascar.
Sometimes placed in Corythornis or Ispidina, but appears to be more closely related to Oriental Ceyx species than to African ones. Race dilutus often misspelt diluatus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • madagascariensis (Linnaeus, 1766) - Madagascar except SW.
  • dilutus (Benson, 1974) - Sakaraha, in arid SW of Madagascar.