Todiramphus miyakoensis   (Kuroda)


 
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Ryukyu Kingfisher
(Todiramphus miyakoensis)

 
syn. Halcyon miyakoensis (Kuroda), Todiramphus cinnamominus miyakoensis (Kuroda)

 
distribution:

Japan: Miyako-jima / Ryukyu Islands

 
local name:

Miyako-shoobin (Japanese)

 
size: 24 cm (length)

extinction date: sometimes after 1887

 
This species is only known from a single stuffed specimen, which is said to originate from Myiako-jima in the southern Ryukyu Islands.

The Ryukyu Kingfisher differs from the Micronesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamomina (Swainson)) from the Mariana island of Guam only in lacking the bluegreen stripe in the neck and the red colouration of its legs and feet. Otherwise the two forms look so similar that a seperation of the Ryukyu Kingfisher as a distinct species seems to be questionable.

 
References:

- Dieter Luther: Die ausgestorbenen Vögel der Welt. Westarp Wissenschaften 1986
- Errol Fuller: Extinct Birds. Penguin Books (England) 1987
- C. Hilary Fry, Kathie Fry, Alan Harris: Kingfishers Bee-eaters & Rollers. A & C Black, 1999