Alcedinidae – Kingfishers

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) by-Phil Kwong

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) by-Phil Kwong

For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. (1 Corinthians 15:39 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CORACIIFORMES, Family – Alcedinidae – Kingfishers

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Species (114)

Tree Kingfishers 

Green-backed Kingfisher (Actenoides monachus) by PEricsson
Scaly-breasted Kingfisher (Actenoides princeps) IBC
Moustached Kingfisher (Actenoides bougainvillei) ©Drawing WikiC
Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo IBC
Hombron’s Kingfisher (Actenoides hombroni) ©Drawing WikiC
Rufous-collared Kingfisher (Actenoides concretus) by Khong Tuck Khoon
Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina) IBC
Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella) by PEricsson
Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo IBC
Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera ellioti) IBC
Biak Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera riedelii) ©Drawing WikiC
Numfor Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera carolinae) IBC
Little Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera hydrocharis) ©Drawing WikiC
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia) by Ian
Black-capped Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera nigriceps) IBC
Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera nympha) ©Drawing WikiC
Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera danae) ©WikiC
Lilac Kingfisher (Cittura cyanotis) by Peter Ericsson
Shovel-billed Kookaburra (Clytoceyx rex) ©
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) by Ian – *LLABS*
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) by Ian  – *LLABS*
Spangled Kookaburra (Dacelo tyro) ©Wiki
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud) ©Drawing WikiC
Glittering Kingfisher (Caridonax fulgidus) ©Drawing WikiC
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) by TAJA
Great-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis melanorhyncha) by PEricsson
Brown-winged Kingfisher (Pelargopsis amauroptera) by Nikhi
Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda) by PEricsson
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) by Nikhil  –By Lee *LLABS*
Javan Kingfisher (Halcyon cyanoventris) ©WikiC
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher (Halcyon badia) ©WikiC
Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileata) by PEricsson
Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala) by DavesBP – Photo by Ray
____ (Halcyon leucocephala leucocephala) by Africaddict
____ (Halcyon leucocephala semicaerulea) ©WikiC
Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris) by Africaddict
Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti) by DavesBP
Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica) by Lee  – *LLABS*
Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) by Africaddict
Mangrove Kingfisher (Halcyon senegaloides) ©WikiC
Blue-black Kingfisher (Todiramphus nigrocyaneus) ©Drawing WikiC
Winchell’s Kingfisher (Todiramphus winchelli) IBC
Blue-and-white Kingfisher (Todiramphus diops) OBI
Lazuli Kingfisher (Todiramphus lazuli) OBI
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) by Ian
White-mantled Kingfisher (Todiramphus albonotatus) IBC
Ultramarine Kingfisher (Todiramphus leucopygius) IBC
Vanuatu Kingfisher (Todiramphus farquhari) ©Drawing WikiC
Sombre Kingfisher (Todiramphus funebris) OBI
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) by Nikhil  – Photo by Lee *LLABS*
Torresian Kingfisher (Todiramphus sordidus
Islet Kingfisher (Todiramphus colonus)
Mariana Kingfisher (Todiramphus albicilla)
Melanesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus tristrami)
Pacific Kingfisher (Todiramphus sacer)
Talaud Kingfisher (Todiramphus enigma) OBI
Guam Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus) ©WikiC  – *LLABS*
Rusty-capped Kingfisher (Todiramphus pelewensis)
Pohnpei Kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii)
Beach Kingfisher (Todiramphus saurophagus) OBI
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) by Ian
Flat-billed Kingfisher (Todiramphus recurvirostris) Video IBC
Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher (Todiramphus australasia) OBI
Chattering Kingfisher (Todiramphus tutus) Draw Oiseaux – Photo Manu
Mewing Kingfisher (Todiramphus ruficollaris) ARKive
Society Kingfisher (Todiramphus veneratus) IBC
Mangareva Kingfisher Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri) WorldBirds
Niau Kingfisher (Todiramphus gertrudae)
Marquesan Kingfisher (Todiramphus godeffroyi) Draw WorldBirds
Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius) by TomTarrant
Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro) by Ian
Mountain Kingfisher (Syma megarhyncha) IBC

River Kingfishers

African Dwarf Kingfisher (Ispidina lecontei) IBC
African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) ©WikiC
Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher (Corythornis madagascariensis) by DavesBP
White-bellied Kingfisher (Corythornis leucogaster) IBC
Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) by Bob-Nan
Malagasy Kingfisher (Corythornis vintsioides) by DavesBP
Cerulean Kingfisher (Alcedo coerulescens) ©WikiC
Blue-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo euryzona) by Khong Tuck Khoon
Shining-blue Kingfisher (Alcedo quadribrachys) by TTarrant
Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) by Nikhil
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by PhilKwong
Half-collared Kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquata) IBC
Blyth’s Kingfisher (Alcedo hercules) ©Holmes
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) by PEricsson
Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx melanurus) IBC
Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx fallax) by PEricsson
Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) ©Drawing WikiC
Dimorphic Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx margarethae)
Sula Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx wallacii)
Buru Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx cajeli)
Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx solitarius)
Manus Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx dispar)
New Ireland Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx mulcatus)
New Britain Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx sacerdotis)
North Solomons Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx meeki)
New Georgia Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx collectoris)
Malaita Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx malaitae)
Guadalcanal Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx nigromaxilla)
Makira Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus)
Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Ceyx cyanopectus) ©WikiC
Southern Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus) ©©Flickr
Northern Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx flumenicola)
Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) by Ian
Bismarck Kingfisher (Ceyx websteri) IBC
Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus) ©WikiC

Water Kingfishers

American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea) by Margaret Sloan
Green-and-rufous Kingfisher (Chloroceryle inda) ©WikiC
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) ©WikiC – *LLABS*
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona) by Ian
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris) by Nikhil
Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) ©WikiC – *LLABS*
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) by Ian  – *LLABS*
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) by Dan – *LLABS*
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) by Nikhil – Article

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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
Bob & Nan’s Gallery
Dan’s Pix (Dan)
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Margaret Sloan
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Peter Ericsson’s Gallery
Philip Kwong’s Galleries
FullColorPhoto (TommyT or TAJA)
Ray’s Wildlife Photography
Tom Tarrant’s Aveceda

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The tree kingfishers or wood kingfishers, family Halcyonidae, are the most numerous of the three families of birds in the kingfisher group, with between 56 and 61 species in around 12 genera, including several species of kookaburras. The family appears to have arisen in Indochina and the Maritime Southeast Asia and then spread to many areas around the world. Tree kingfishers are widespread through Asia and Australasia, but also appear in Africa and the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, utilising a range of habitats from tropical rainforest to open woodlands.

The river kingfishers or Alcedinidae, are one of the three families of bird in the kingfisher group. The Alcedinidae once included all kingfishers, before the widespread recognition of Halcyonidae (tree-kingfishers) and Cerylidae (water-kingfishers). The family is widespread through Africa, through east and south Asia as far as Australia, with one species, the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) also appearing in Europe and northern Asia. The origin of the family is thought to have been in Asia.
The water kingfishers or Cerylidae are one of the three families of kingfishers, and are also known as the cerylid kingfishers. All six American species are in this family.
These are all specialist fish-eating species, unlike many representatives of the other two families, and it is likely that they are all descended from fish-eating kingfishers which founded populations in the New World. It was believed that the entire group evolved in the Americas, but this seems not to be true. (Wikipedia with editing)

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3 thoughts on “Alcedinidae – Kingfishers

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