Southern Silvery-Kingfisher

Southern Silvery-Kingfisher / Ceyx argentatus

Southern Silvery-Kingfisher

Here the details of the Southern Silvery-Kingfisher named bird below:

SCI Name:  Ceyx argentatus
Protonym:  Ceyx argentata Ann.Mag.Nat.Hist.(4), 20 p.533
Taxonomy:  Coraciiformes / Alcedinidae /
Taxonomy Code:  silkin1
Type Locality:  Dinagat, Philippine Islands.
Publish Year:  1877
IUCN Status:  


(Alcedinidae; Ϯ Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher C. erithaca) L. ceyx, ceycis  seabird variously identified  < Gr. κηυξ kēux, κηυκος kēukos  seabird mentioned by Dionysius and Lucian, and considered identical to the halcyon. In Gr. myth. Ceyx, blasphemous husband to Alcyone, was drowned at sea and metamorphosed into a kingfisher along with his desolated wife when she found his body washed up on the shore; "62. CÉYX.  Ceyx.  { Le bec très-long; la langue courte; le tarse très-court; chaque pied ne présentant que trois doigts." (de Lacépède 1799); "Ceyx Lacépède, Tabl. Ois., 1799, p. 10. Type, by monotypy, Alcedo tridactyla Pallas = Alcedo erithaca Linné (species added, Daudin, in Buffon, Hist. Nat. (éd Didot), 14, 1802, p. 287.)" (Peters, 1945, V, p. 178).
Var. Ceix, Ceux, Ceycis.
Synon. Alcyon, Argyroceyx, Ceycalcyon, Ceycopsis, Cyanoceyx, Micralcyone, Therosa.

L. argentatus  ornamented with silver  < argentum, argenti  silver.