Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Alcedo atthis (Common kingfisher) - Sikkim Bird

Alcedo atthis (Common kingfisher)

Place : Rongli, East Sikkim

Date: October 4 2014

Pic: Shital Pradhan

Scientific classification

Kingdom:       Animalia
Phylum:          Chordata
Class:              Aves
Order:             Coraciiformes
Family:           Alcedinidae
Genus:            Alcedo
Species:           A. atthis

Binomial name: Alcedo atthis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Other Names:  Eurasian kingfisher, river kingfisher.

Special feature:  This species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his Systema Naturae in 1758 as Gracula atthis. The modern binomial name derives from the Latin alcedo, "kingfisher" (from Greek ἀλκυών, halcyon) and Atthis, a beautiful young woman of Lesbos, and favourite of Sappho.
In North Africa, Europe and Asia north of the Himalayas this is the only small blue kingfisher.   (Source: Wikipedia)

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