Madagascan pygmy kingfisher

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Madagascan pygmy kingfisher
Ceyx madagascariensis -Mantadia National Park, Madagascar-8.jpg
At Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Subfamily: Alcedininae
Genus: Corythornis
Species: C. madagascariensis
Binomial name
Corythornis madagascariensis
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Ceyx madagascariensis
Ispidina madagascariensis

The Madagascan pygmy kingfisher (Corythornis madagascariensis) is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae. It is endemic to Madagascar and found in western dry deciduous forests.

The first formal description of the Madagascan pygmy kingfisher was by the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in 1758 in the twelth edition of his Systema Naturae under the binomial name Alcedo madagascariensis.[2]

Although it has been placed in the genera Ceyx and Ispidina in the past, a study of its molecular phylogenetic relationships with other genera in the region suggests it is best treated as a member of the genus Corythornis.[3]


  1. ^ "Corythornis madagascariensis". Avibase. 
  2. ^ Linnaeus, Carl (1766). Systema naturae : per regna tria natura, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis (in Latin). Volume 1, Part 1 (12th ed.). Holmiae (Stockholm): Laurentii Salvii. p. 179. 
  3. ^ Marks, Ben D.; Willard, David E. (2005). "Phylogenetic relationships of the Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina madagascariensis)". The Auk. 122 (4): 1271–1280. doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[1271:PROTMP]2.0.CO;2.