(syn. Alcedo Ϯ Azure Kingfisher A. azurea) Gr. myth Alcyone wife to Ceyx, both being metamorphosed into kingfishers; "Alcyone *, Sw.  Bill as in Alcedo; but the feet with only three toes.  Australia.  A. Australis. Zool. Ill. i. pl. 26.  ... * As this is the only group in ornithology wherein mythological names have been tolerated, I have ventured to continue the metaphorical connection in this instance" (Swainson 1837).  Var. Halcyone.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 9 December 2018).