Little kingfisher

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Little kingfisher
Alcedo pusilla 1 - Daintree Village.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Subfamily: Alcedininae
Genus: Ceyx
Species: C. pusillus
Binomial name
Ceyx pusillus
Temminck, 1836

Alcedo pusilla

The little kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus) is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae. It is found in open forest, woodland, swamps and mangroves in Australia (northern Queensland and north Northern Territory), Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.


The little kingfisher is 11–13 centimetres (4.3–5.1 in) long with a rich blue back and head and a snowy white breast. It has a heavy bill and has a short tail. Its size is about 11–12 cm and its wingspan is 20–26 cm.


The little kingfisher will make a small burrow on the bank of a river during the mating season (October - March in Australia) and will lay 5-7 glossy white eggs at the end of the burrow.