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Ceryle alcyon  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 178119

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s): Martín-pescador norteño [Spanish]
    Belted Kingfisher [English]
    martin-pêcheur d'Amérique [French]
  Valid Name: Megaceryle alcyon (Linnaeus, 1758)
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: invalid - subsequent name/combination   
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

  Expert: Alan P. Peterson, M.D.  
  Notes: PO Box 1999 Walla Walla, Washington 99362-0999   
  Reference for: Ceryle alcyon    
  Expert: Richard C. Banks  
  Notes: Chief, Bird Section, U.S.G.S. - B.R.D. - P.W.R.C.   
  Reference for: Ceryle alcyon    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: CDP, database (version 1999)  
  Acquired: 2003   
  Reference for: Belted Kingfisher[English], martin-pêcheur d'Amérique [French]   
  Source: A classification of the bird species of South America - 28/11/05, website (version 28-Nov-05)  
  Acquired: 2005   
  Notes: Remsen, J. V., Jr., A. Jaramillo, M. Nores, J. F. Pacheco, M. B. Robbins, T. S. Schulenberg, F. G. Stiles, J. M. C. da Silva, D. F. Stotz, and K. J. Zimmer. American Ornithologists' Union.   
  Reference for: Ceryle alcyon   
  Source: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, database (version undefined)  
  Acquired: 2001   
  Notes: CONABIO: (   
  Reference for: Martín-pescador norteño[Spanish]   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Ceryle alcyon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes  
  Publication Date: 2003   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: As-yet (2003) unpublished manuscript from 1998   
  Reference for: Ceryle alcyon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Ceryle alcyon, Belted Kingfisher [English]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: North America  
    Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China)  
    Middle America  
    South America  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Alaska, Native  
    Canada, Native  
    Caribbean Territories, Native  
    Continental US, Native  
    Hawaii, Incidental  
    Mexico, Native  



  Comment: Remsen et al. (2005) comment on the status of Megaceryle Kaup 1848 in their developing South American Check-List as follows: "Megaceryle torquata and M. alcyon have been placed in the genus Ceryle in many classifications (e.g., Meyer de Schauensee 1970, AOU 1983, 1998), but most classifications have followed Fry (1980) in restricting Ceryle to Old World C. rudis (e.g., Sibley & Monroe 1990, Fry & Fry 1992, Woodall 2001). Data to support either treatment are minimal." They there list "Megaceryle torquata Ringed Kingfisher" and "Megaceryle alcyon Belted Kingfisher" as current valid names  
    Despite the apparent retention of Megaceryle Kaup, 1848 (TSN 178105) as a subgenus of Ceryle Boie, 1828 (TSN 178118) the AOU 45th supplement (2004) includes this conditional note "The subgenus Megaceryle is often (e.g., Fry 1980, Fry and Fry 1992, Woodall 2001) considered to be a distinct genus"  



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