Little Kingfisher scientific name

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Subject: Little Kingfisher scientific name
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 18:48:12 +1100
Frank (and others)
The confusion probably arises because the Little Kingfisher bounces between two 
genera one of which is male (Ceyx and hence pusillus) and the other which is 
Female (Alcedo hence pusilla). Howard and Moore, Clements & HBW all treat it in 
the latter, so C&B must have more recent works putting it into Ceyx (it should 
be in the text?). HBW has a discussion on the two genera dealing with number of 
toes (either three or four) which is quite interesting.
Peter> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 11:12:20 +0900> To: > 
From: > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Little Kingfisher 
scientific name> > > I have just read the review by Stephen Debus of C&B2008 in 
the latest > Australian Field Ornithology.> > He points out that on page 29, 
Little Kingfisher has the scientific name > Ceyx pusilla, where on page 169 
both that and Ceyx pusillus are > used. Which is correct? He states that C. 
pusillus is correct.> > But there are several other species with pusilla as 
their specific > name. Namely Baillon's Crake, Little Lorikeet and Brown 
Thornbill. So I > would assume that pusilla is correct for Little Kingfisher?> 
> The IOU list and Clements have Alcedo pusilla. The different genus might > 
make a difference.> > > 
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