Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Philippine Dwarf-kingfisher (Ceyx melanurus) - HBW 6, p. 230

French: Martin-pêcheur flamboyant German: Goldfischer Spanish: Martín Pigmeo Filipino
Other common names: Philippine Kingfisher/Forest-kingfisher

Taxonomy: Alcedo melanura Kaup, 1848, Philippines.
Forms a superspecies with C. erithaca. Forms basilanica (Basilan) and platenae (Mindanao) are synonyms of mindanensis; all three described in same year, with precise month of platenae disputed, but mindanensis generally considered to have priority. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • melanurus (Kaup, 1848) - Luzon, Polillo, Alabat and Catanduanes (N Philippines); possibly this race recorded on Tablas.
  • samarensis Steere, 1890 - Samar and Leyte (C Philippines).
  • mindanensis Steere, 1890 - Mindanao and Basilan (S Philippines).

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