|Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azureus, Barmah Forest, Murray River, Victoria.|
|Blue-breasted Kingfisher Halcyon malimbica, Budonga Forest, Uganda.|
|Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.|
Ceryle was an alternative name for the Halcyon.
Other kingfisher genus names, including the American ones, build on this name.
|Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata, Isla de Chiloe, Chile.|
A handsome big kingfisher, found from southern USA to the Strait of Magellan;
there is no evidence that it has ever heard of ancient Greece or Alcyone though.
|Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.|
Alcedo seems to have been the Latin equivalent of Alcyone.
|Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda, Lord Howe Island.|
|Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton, Darwin.|
|White-whiskered Hermit Phaethornis yaruqui, Alanbi, Ecuador.|
Phaethornis is 'shining bird' - or 'cocky teenager bird', as my friend and co-author Jeannie Gray would have it.
|Waved Albatross pair Phoebastria irrorata, Espanola, Galapagos.|
|Eastern Ospreys Pandion cristatus at nest, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.|
|White Terns Gygis alba, Lord Howe Island.|
|Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia, Moulting Lagoon, Tasmania.|
Hydroprogne is of course 'water swallow'.
|Fairy Tern juvenile Sternula nereis (right; the big blokes are actually relatively diminutive |
Silver Gulls Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Goolwa, South Australia.
|Southern Boobook Ninox novaeseelandiae, Nowra, New South Wales.|
|Dusky Grasswren Amytornis purnelli, Desert Park, Alice Springs.|
|Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula, National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.|
Back next time with more weird and wonderful stories from times fortunately long gone, as they have insinuated themselves into the names of other animals - especially insects, with some spiders and mammals thrown in.