Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 September 2014
Scientific Name
Ceyx erithaca
  • Coraciiformes
  • Alcedinidae
  • Ceyx
  • C. erithaca
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.1 to 5.5 inches
.49 to .76 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 三趾翠鸟
Czech (Cesky) ledňáček džunglový
Danish (Dansk) Orientalsk Dværgisfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Jungledwergijsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) kolmivarvaskalastaja
French (Français) Martin-pêcheur pourpré
German (Deutsch) Dschungelfischer
Italian (Italiano) Martin pescatore dorsonero
Japanese (日本語) ミツユビカワセミ [mitsuyubikawasemi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Orientisfugl
Polish (Polski) zimorodek orientalny
Russian (русский язык) Трёхпалый лесной зимородок
Spanish (Español) Martín Pescador Enano Oriental
Swedish (Svenska) Orientalisk dvärgkungsfiskare
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