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Little Kingfisher
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Information
Range Australia (northern Queensland and north Northern Territory), Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Alcedinidae
Alcedininae
Genus Ceyx
Species Ceyx pusillus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Little kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus), is a species of river kingfisher in the 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.

Description

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.

Breeding

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.

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