Ceyx sangirensis (Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1898)

Sangihe dwarf kingfisher, Sangihe kingfisher



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Ceycopsis sangirensis Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1898 (original combination); Ceyx fallax sangirensis (Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1898)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1879 (Berryman, 2021)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)


"following the retraction of the sole 20th century record in 1997 (see Riley 2002, Martin 2018), Sangihe Dwarf-kingfisher Ceyx sangirensis has remained unseen since the initial collection of approximately seven specimens some time prior to 1879 (Blasius 1888, Meyer & Wiglesworth 1898)."

(Berryman, 2021:13)



Sangihe island, Indonesia


The IUCN lists the Sangihe Dwarf Kingfisher as inhabiting Talaud island, but this may be erroneous.


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Meyer, A. B. and Wiglesworth, L. W. (1898). The birds of the Celebes and the neighbouring islands, volume 1. Berlin, Germany: R. Friedländer & Sohn. [278]


Other references:

Berryman, Alex J. (2021). Sangihe’s forest birds under threat. BirdingASIA 36: 13-15.

BirdLife International. (2014). Ceyx sangirensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. ( Downloaded on 26 July 2014.

Fry, C. H. and Fry, K. (1999) Kingfishers, Bee-eaters & Rollers. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Riley, Jon. (1997). Biological surveys and conservation priorities on the Sangihe and Talaud islands, Indonesia. Cambridge, U.K.: CSB Conservation Publications.

Riley, Jon. (2002). Population sizes and the status of endemic and restricted-range bird species on Sangihe Island, Indonesia. Bird Conservation International 12: 53-78.


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