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)

Green-backed Kingfisher (Actenoides monachus)
Scaly-breasted Kingfisher (Actenoides princeps)
Moustached Kingfisher (Actenoides bougainvillei)
Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi)
Hombron’s Kingfisher (Actenoides hombroni)
Rufous-collared Kingfisher (Actenoides concretus)
Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina)
Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella)
Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea)
Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera ellioti)
Biak Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera riedelii)
Numfor Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera carolinae)
Little Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera hydrocharis)
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia)
Black-capped Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera nigriceps)
Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera nympha)
Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera danae)
Lilac Kingfisher (Cittura cyanotis)
Shovel-billed Kookaburra (Clytoceyx rex)
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)
Spangled Kookaburra (Dacelo tyro)
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud)
Glittering Kingfisher (Caridonax fulgidus)
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)
Great-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis melanorhyncha)
Brown-winged Kingfisher (Pelargopsis amauroptera)
Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Javan Kingfisher (Halcyon cyanoventris)
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher (Halcyon badia)
Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileata)
Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala)
Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris)
Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti)
Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica)
Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis)
Mangrove Kingfisher (Halcyon senegaloides)
Blue-black Kingfisher (Todiramphus nigrocyaneus)
Winchell’s Kingfisher (Todiramphus winchelli)
Blue-and-white Kingfisher (Todiramphus diops)
Lazuli Kingfisher (Todiramphus lazuli)
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)
White-mantled Kingfisher (Todiramphus albonotatus)
Ultramarine Kingfisher (Todiramphus leucopygius)
Vanuatu Kingfisher (Todiramphus farquhari)
Sombre Kingfisher (Todiramphus funebris)
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Torresian Kingfisher (Todiramphus sordidus)
Islet Kingfisher (Todiramphus colonus)
Mariana Kingfisher (Todiramphus albicilla)
Melanesian Kingfisher (Todiramphus tristrami)
Pacific Kingfisher (Todiramphus sacer)
Talaud Kingfisher (Todiramphus enigma)
Guam Kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus)
Rusty-capped Kingfisher (Todiramphus pelewensis)
Pohnpei Kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii)
Beach Kingfisher (Todiramphus saurophagus)
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Flat-billed Kingfisher (Todiramphus recurvirostris)
Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher (Todiramphus australasia)
Chattering Kingfisher (Todiramphus tutus)
Mewing Kingfisher (Todiramphus ruficollaris)
Society Kingfisher (Todiramphus veneratus)
Mangareva Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri)
Niau Kingfisher (Todiramphus gertrudae)
Marquesan Kingfisher (Todiramphus godeffroyi)
Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius)
Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro)
Mountain Kingfisher (Syma megarhyncha)
African Dwarf Kingfisher (Ispidina lecontei)
African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta)
Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher (Corythornis madagascariensis)
White-bellied Kingfisher (Corythornis leucogaster)
Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus)
Malagasy Kingfisher (Corythornis vintsioides)
Cerulean Kingfisher (Alcedo coerulescens)
Blue-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo euryzona)
Shining-blue Kingfisher (Alcedo quadribrachys)
Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting)
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Half-collared Kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquata)
Blyth’s Kingfisher (Alcedo hercules)
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca)
Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx melanurus)
Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx fallax)
Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus)
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)
Southern Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus)
Northern Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx flumenicola)
Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus)
Bismarck Kingfisher (Ceyx websteri)
Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus)
American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea)
Green-and-rufous Kingfisher (Chloroceryle inda)
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana)
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris)
Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima)
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata)
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)


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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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