Ceyx erithaca   (Linnaeus,   1758) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 13 cm

Sexes alike. A small Kingfisher with violet iridescence on orange head and variable blue streaking on purple back and wings, underparts orange-yellow, bill and legs coral-red bright, deep blue patch on either side of neck.

Voice: Piping chee, but shriller

Synonym (s)
Ceyx erithacus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
• Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (English)
• Black-backed Kingfisher (English)
• Threetoed Kingfisher (English)
• Chinna meenkotti (Tamil)
• Meni ponman (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Kerela, Kuttanad wetlands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Avibase- the world database Available at - http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%203%20(1).pdf
  • Birding in India and South Asia Available at - http://www.birding.in/
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%208%20(1).pdf
  • Narayanan SP, Thomas AP and Sreekumar B (2011) Ornithofauna and its conservation in the Kuttanad wetlands, southern portion of Vembanad-Kole Ramsar site, India Journal of Threatened Taxa 3(4) 1663–1676 Available at - http://threatenedtaxa.org/ZooPrintJournal/2011/April/o187026iv111663-1676.pdf
  • Lee's Birdwatching Adventures Plus Available at - http://leesbird.com/
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%206%20(1).pdf
  • PBase Available at - http://www.pbase.com/

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