North Moluccan Dwarf-Kingfisher / Ceyx uropygialis

North Moluccan Dwarf-Kingfisher

SCI Name:  Ceyx uropygialis
Protonym:  Ceyx uropygialis Proc.Zool.Soc.London(1860) (1860), Pt(28)3 p.348
Category:  Coraciiformes / Alcedinidae /
Taxonomy Code:  vardwk3
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Publish Year:  1861
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(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.

uropygialis / uropygiata / uropygiatus
Med. L. uropygium  rump  < Gr. ουροπυγιον ouropugion  bird’s rump.