Portrait of a Kingfisher

Female Belted Kingfisher. I half wondered if the binomial Megaceryle alcyon had anything to do with big hair…. The genus name is from the Greek for “great sea bird,” or a king fisher, if you will. The specific epithet is from a Greek myth: Alcyon mourned so for her drowned husband that the gods turned them both into kingfishers. (The Common Kingfisher you’ll find in Greece is Alcedo atthis.)

2 Responses to “Portrait of a Kingfisher”


  1. 1 alaspooryorick April 27, 2018 at 9:35 am

    forgive an ignorant non-birding bird admirer, but, “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”

    • 2 mthew April 27, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Well, the kids are all hopped up and ready to go, they’re ready to go now
      They got their surfboards and they’re going to the discotheque A-Go-Go
      But she just couldn’t stay, she had to break away
      Well New York City really has it all, oh yeah, oh yeah


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