(syn. Halcyon Ϯ Blue-breasted Kingfisher H. malimbica dryas) Genus Halcyon Swainson, 1821, kingfisher; Gr. ωπε ōpe  aspect, appearance; "We have here then at our first examination a series showing little or no colour change, yet appreciable alteration in size, accompanied by a difference in wing-formula and also in bill and feet proportions.  Further, while these have retained the particoloured bill there exists a small species with the bill all red. The large forms deserve recognition subgenerically, so I propose the new subgenus HALCYONOPA and name Halcyon dryas Hartlaub as type. This genus and subgenus are confined to Africa, and these give no clue to the original form and coloration of the group." (Mathews 1918).

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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 www.hbw.com on 14 December 2018).