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Indigo-banded Kingfisher
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Information
Range Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Alcedinidae
Alcedininae
Genus Ceyx
Species Ceyx cyanopectus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Indigo-banded kingfisher (Ceyx cyanopectus), is a species of river kingfisher in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. There are two subspecies, the nominate race, which occurs on Luzon, Polillo, Mindoro, Sibuyan and Ticao, and Ceyx cyanopectus nigriostris, which is found in Panay, Negros and Cebu. It forms a superspecies with the southern silvery kingfisher of the southern Philippines.

The indigo-banded kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the banks of streams and rivers.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

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