Common kingfisher Alcedo atthis, copyright Andreas Trepte.

Belongs within: Alcedinidae.

Alcedo is an Old World genus of specialist fish-hunting kingfishers with blue upperparts.

<==Alcedo Linnaeus 1758M02
    |  i. s.: A. caeruleocephalaD66
    |         A. dea Linnaeus 1758L58
    |         A. erithaca Linnaeus 1758L58
    |         A. ispida Linnaeus 1758L58 [=A. atthis ispidaB94]
    |         A. rudis Linnaeus 1758L58
    |         A. todus Linnaeus 1758L58
    |         A. torquataB41
    |--A. euryzonaJT12
    `--+--+--A. herculesJT12
       |  `--A. menintingJT12
       |       |--A. m. menintingA73
       |       |--A. m. coltartiA73
       |       |--A. m. phillipsiA73
       |       `--A. m. rufigasterA73
       `--+--+--A. atthis (Linnaeus 1758)JT12, M02 [=Gracula atthisM02]
          |  |    |--A. a. atthisA73
          |  |    |--A. a. bengalensis Gmel. 1788A73, M01
          |  |    |--A. a. pallasiiA73
          |  |    `--A. a. taprobanaA73
          |  `--A. coerulescensJT12
          `--+--A. quadribrachysJT12
             `--A. semitorquataJT12

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A73] Abdulali, H. 1973. A catalogue of the birds in the collection of the Bombay Natural History Society—13. Alcedinidae. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 69 (3): 538–546.

[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1–281.

[B41] Bridges, T. 1841. Notes on various birds and mammals from Chile. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 9: 93–95.

[D66] Dohrn, H. 1866. Synopsis of the birds of Ilha do Principe, with some remarks on their habits and descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 324–332.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444–448.

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[M01] Madarász, J. 1901. Madarak [Vögel]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 21–39. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[M02] Mlíkovský, J. 2002. Cenozoic Birds of the World. Part 1: Europe. Ninox Press: Praha.

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