(syn. Halcyon Ϯ Chocolate-backed Kingfisher H. badia) Etymology undiscovered; "Halcyon badia Verreaux is a peculiarly puzzling species as we have no clue to its origin. It has peculiar coloration, being red-brown above and white below, the back is turquoise-blue and there is a greenish-blue secondary-patch, the colour of the tail. The immature is similar, but shows dark fringes to the feathers of the chest. The wing-formula is not abnormal   ...   The bill is all red, short and broad, more conical in shape than other members of the group. The tarsus is also proportionately shorter. I have been unable to associate it with either Halcyon or Chelicutia so here propose NUTCHERA gen. nov. for this species alone. It may be that it is a peculiar evolution from the Chelicutia stock, and it might be a derivative from the ancestors of smyrnensis, but it decidedly differs at present from either." (Mathews 1918); "Nutchera Mathews, Bds. Austr., 7, 1918, p. 153. Type, by monotypy, Halcyon badia J. and E. Verreaux." (Peters 1945, V, 193).

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 January 2019).