Ryukyu kingfisher

Ryukyu kingfisher

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Todiramphus cinnamominus miyakoensis

The Ryukyu kingfisher is an enigmatic taxon of tree kingfisher. It is extinct and was only ever known from a single specimen. Its taxonomic status is doubtful; it is most likely a subspecies of the Guam kingfisher, which would make its scientific name Todiramphus cinnamomina miyakoensis. As the specimen is extant at the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, the question could be resolved using DNA sequence analysis; at any rate, the Guam kingfisher is almost certainly the closest relative of the Ryukyu bird. The IUCN considers this bird a subspecies and has hence struck it from its redlist.

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References

1. Ryukyu kingfisher Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryukyu_kingfisher

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