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Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher

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About the Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher

Also known as: Malay Forest Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf-Kingfisher, Three-toed Kingfisher, Oriental Kingfisher

The Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher is a small species of kingfisher that lives in parts of India and southeast Asia. These little birds are extremely colorful, with plumage in shades of pale orange, lilac, blue, and white.

Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfishers are also known as Oriental Dwarf-Kingfishers or Three-toed Kingfishers. They feed on insects, small crustaceans, and fish. Hunting is usually done from a perched position.

Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfishers have a large range, but are fairly sparse within that range. As of September 2014, their conservation status is Least Concern.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 September 2014
Scientific Name Ceyx erithaca
  • Coraciiformes
  • Alcedinidae
  • Ceyx
  • C. erithaca
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.1 to 5.5 inches
.49 to .76 ounces

International Names

  • 三趾翠鸟 (Chinese)
  • ledňáček džunglový (Czech)
  • Orientalsk Dværgisfugl (Danish)
  • Jungledwergijsvogel (Dutch)
  • kolmivarvaskalastaja (Finnish)
  • Martin-pêcheur pourpré (French)
  • Dschungelfischer (German)
  • Martin pescatore dorsonero (Italian)
  • ミツユビカワセミ [mitsuyubikawasemi] (Japanese)
  • Orientisfugl (Norwegian)
  • zimorodek orientalny (Polish)
  • Трёхпалый лесной зимородок (Russian)
  • Martín Pescador Enano Oriental (Spanish)
  • Orientalisk dvärgkungsfiskare (Swedish)

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