New Kingfisher Species – I.O.C. Version 5.4

White-collared Kingfisher by Dan - Dan's Pix

White-collared Kingfisher by Dan – (Dan’s Pix)

Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. (John 21:3 KJV)

Hang on to your fish, here comes a whole new bunch of Kingfishers. With the I.O.C. Version 5.4 that came out a week or so ago, 21 new Kingfishers were added to the Alcedinidae – Kingfishers Family. Plus they renamed a few. No, they didn’t appear out of thin air, they split and raised some of the subspecies up into their own species. Kingfishers have been one of my favorite birds from our Creator.

These are from the Collard Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris):

  • Torresian Kingfisher (Todiramphus sordidus)
  • Islet Kingfisher (Todiramphus colonus)
  • Mariana Kingfisher (Todiramphus albicilla)
  • Melanesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus tristrami)
  • Pacific Kingfisher (Todiramphus sacer)
Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) Houston Zoo 5-6-15 by Lee

Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) Houston Zoo 5-6-15 by Lee

The Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) is now the Guam Kingfisher

Pohnpei Kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii) ©WikiC

Pohnpei Kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii) ©WikiC

The Tuamotu Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri) is now named the Niau Kingfisher and the split off the:

  • Niau Kingfisher (Todiramphus gertrudae)
Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) ©Drawing WikiC

Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) ©Drawing WikiC

The Variable Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) was renamed the Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher and these were split off:

  • Dimorphic Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx margarethae)
  • Sula Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx wallacii)
  • Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx cajeli)
  • Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx solitarius)
  • Manus Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx dispar)
  • New Ireland Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx mulcatus)
  • New Britain Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx sacerdotis)
  • North Solomons Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx meeki)
  • New Georgia Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx collectoris)
  • Malaita Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx malaitae)
  • Guadalcanal Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx nigromaxilla)
  • Makira Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus)
Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) ©©

Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) ©©

The  Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) is now the Southern Silvery Kingfisher and they added:

  • Northern Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx flumenicola)

Needless to say, it will take a while to obtain photos for all these new kingfishers, so stay tuned.

There are more changes in the Version 5.4, but more about that later. They list 10,612 extant species and 154 extinct species of birds of the world (Version 5.4), with subspecies (20,757).

Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (Mark 1:16-17 KJV)


Alcedinidae – Kingfishers Family

I.O.C. Update 5.4 Version

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2 thoughts on “New Kingfisher Species – I.O.C. Version 5.4

    • Thanks, Sandra. Ours in the US are not a neat as the ones in other lands, but I still enjoy are. They are sure a challenge to photograph, at least in the wild. They never stay put. :)


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