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Micronesian Kingfisher Todiramphus cinnamominus pelewensis   - Pair displaying
Micronesian Kingfisher
Photographer : © Jon Hornbuckle
Location :Palau
Date : 20 January 2010
English synonyms:Miyako Kingfisher (miyakoensis), Ryukyu Kingfisher (miyakoensis), Guam Kingfisher, Caroline Islands Kingfisher (reichenbachi), Miyako Island Kingfisher (miyakoensis)
Bird Family :Halcyonidae - Larger Kingfishers
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :This photo is not of the correct subspecies for the Oriental Region, but the image is included here as representational of the species, since photos of the correct subspecies miyakoensis are unavailable. See taxonomic notes below. Miyakoensis would have entire head, neck and underparts rufous, no black line around the nape, and red feet and legs. Bill colour unknown.
Taxonomic Notes :Inclusion in the list of Oriental Birds is based on a single specimen from Miyako Island, Japan, from 1887. Identified as Todiramphus cinnamominus miyakoensis, but the bill sheath is missing and hence the colour of the bill unknown. It has been suggested that if the bill was red, the taxon should be treated as a separate species. Best treated as extinct or probably so, but there is some doubt about the provenance of the specimen and the opinion has been expressed that Miyako Island is unlikely to have been able to support a population of this bird, and that it was at best a vagrant.
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