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

Sharing The Gospel



Ian’s Bird of the Week – Collared Kingfisher

Ian’s Bird of the Week – Collared Kingfisher ~ by Ian Montgomery

Newsletter ~ 12-30-14

The first photo shows a present from Santa that I want to share, taken late in the afternoon on Christmas Day: a Collared Kingfisher This species is the only one of the ten Kingfishers and Kookaburras normally found in Australia that hasn’t featured as bird of the week. It’s a close relative of the Sacred Kingfisher, but larger with a much heavier bill. In Australia it is almost exclusively a dweller of mangroves and feeds mainly on crustaceans such as crabs with a carapace width up to 2cm: hence the shell-crunching beak, it’s best field mark.

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by Ian

Because of its preference for mangroves and because it’s not very common, I’ve found it a difficult species to photograph in Australia. Often the only access to mangroves is on boardwalks, so you can’t get close to anything that’s not close to the boardwalk and, even if you can, you usually can’t get an uninterrupted view in the dense vegetation. In fact, the only tolerable Australian photo that I had was one I took in Darwin in 2004 where there is a walking track into mangroves from Tiger Brennan Drive.


Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by IanWhen I pass through Cardwell travelling north towards Innisfail and Cairns, I always stop there as it’s a lovely place where the highway runs along the beach front with views of Hinchinbrook Island and a convenient 90 minutes from home. There’s a rest area at the southern end of town close to a patch of mangroves that regularly produces interesting birds. It was badly damaged by cyclone Yasi four years ago, but is now recovering and the path through the mangroves from the rest area to Port Hinchinbrook has been restored.

In early November, I saw a Collared Kingfisher perched in the open on a dead mangrove near the rest area; it was low tide and the bird was presumably looking for dinner on the mudflat. I didn’t get a photo of it – camera malfunction – but looked again on Christmas Eve on the way north and heard and then found one on a different perch in the middle of the mangroves. I got only the quick, back-lit, get-it-before-it-flies-away shot, second photo, before it did exactly that and I didn’t see it again.

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by Ian

I returned home on Christmas Day and had another look, as the tide was going out and I hope that this would attract the bird into a more open position for a late feed. Just before I was about to give up, I heard the bird calling and found it perched near the beach. I got some distant shots, but when I approached it it flew over my head and returned to exactly the same back-lit spot where it had been on Christmas Eve. If you compare photos two and three, you can see from the guano stains on the branch that it is only a couple of centimetres apart on the two occasions. Clearly a bird of habits. This time, it tolerated my approach, and allowed me to leave the path, squelch through the mangroves and get around behind it where I took the first photo. Austral

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by Ian

I’ve qualified some comments with ‘in Australia’. This species also ranges quite widely through Asia, and in some places it is found in many other habitats including suburban gardens and forested areas along rivers. I had no trouble photographing three in the space of week in Singapore and Malaysia, fourth photo, in 2001. These Asian birds belong to different races from the Australian ones and their taxonomy is very confused, with about 50 subspecies being currently recognized. The Malaysian and Australian races have white underparts but some others, particular those in the Pacific Islands east of New Guinea are quite buff, and some taxonomists think they should be transferred to the Sacred Kingfisher. The calls vary by location too. In Australia the usual contact call is a distinctive two note ‘kek KEK’, with the emphasis on the second one.

I hope Santa brought you what you wanted too.
Happy New Year!


Ian Montgomery, Birdway Pty Ltd,
454 Forestry Road, Bluewater, Qld 4818
Tel 0411 602 737
Bird Photos

Lee’s Addition:

“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18-20 KJV)

It is always enjoyable to happen upon a bird that is not always easy to find. Of course, when you bring out a camera, you never know if they will stay long enough to get a photo or not. Personally, for me, they seem to scatter. I am glad Ian was able to capture this beautiful Kingfisher’s photo.

You can see Ian’s Kingfisher photos here:

Collared Kingfisher

Sacred Kingfisher

Whole Kingfisher Family

and also enjoy many of his adventures here:

Ian’s Bird of the Week

Kingfishers – Alcedinidae – Whole Family


Kingfisher Chick Receiving Its First Fish ~ Re-blog

Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) by Nikhil Devasar

Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) by Nikhil Devasar

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26 NKJV)

This is a very interesting video of a Kingfisher male leaving the nest, as the chick comes out of the shell. The mother Kingfisher arrives with its first meal of fish. Notice that the throat turns dark as it feeds. I do not know which Kingfisher this is as it was not listed.

Posted on Dear Kitty, Some Blog.



Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by Nikhil Devasar

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by Nikhil Devasar

And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (Mark 1:17 KJV)

Kingfishers are members of the Alcedinidae – Kingfishers Family.


Alcedinidae – Kingfishers Family

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