Tree kingfisher

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Tree Kingfishers
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Forest Kingfisher


Forest Kingfisher
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Halcyonidae
Genera

Actenoides
Carydonax
Cittura
Clytoceyx
Halcyon
Lacedo
Melidora
Pelargopsis
Tanysiptera
Dacelo
Syma
Todirhamphus

The tree kingfishers or wood kingfishers, family Halcyonidae, are the most numerous of the three families of birds in the kingfisher group. There are between 56 and 61 species of tree kingfisher in 8 to 12 genera. The kingfishers are quite well-known: the vagueness of the counts reflects controversies in the taxonomy of this family more than any gross lack of data on the birds themselves.

The family appears to have arisen in Indochina and the Malay Archipelago and then spead to many areas around the world. Tree kingfishers are widespread through Asia and Australasia, but also appear in Africa and the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Species list:

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