from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An old or poetical name of the kingfisher. Commonly written halcyon.
  • noun [capitalized] A genus of kingfishers: same as Halcyon, 2.
  • noun The specific name of the belted kingfisher of North America, Ceryle alcyon.
  • noun A general name of the kingfishers of the genus Halcyon and others of the subfamily Daceloninæ: as, the wood-alcyons, tree-alcyons, etc.
  • Same ashalcyon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See halcyon.


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  • Moore (1950: 172) and the AOU Check-list Committee (1957: 306) stated that this hummingbird occurs in Coahuila.] _Megaceryle alcyon alcyon_ (Linnaeus).

    Birds from Coahuila, Mexico

  • Widespread are great blue heron Ardea herodias, great egret Casmerodias albus, marbled godwit Limosa fedoa whimbrel Numenius phaeopus and longbilled curlew N. americanus, royal terns Sterna maximus, and on rocky shores, eared grebe Podiceps nigricollis and belted kingfisher Ceryle alcyon.

    Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico

  • Friedmann, Griscom, and Moore (1957: 15) stated that one specimen of _M.a. alcyon_ was obtained in Coahuila on November 14.

    Birds from Coahuila, Mexico

  • Amongst some other birds, of which the natives either brought fragments, or dried skins, we could distinguish a small species of hawk, a heron, and the _alcyon_, or large-crested American king-fisher.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16

  • Birds most associated with mangroves include spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularia), great blue heron (Ardea herodias), cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), green heron (Butorides striatus), belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), Lesser Antillean pewee (Contopus latirostris), West-Indian whistling duck (Dendrocygna arborea), and Lesser Antillean bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis).

    Lesser Antilles mangroves

  • Other bird species associated with mangroves include spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularia), roseate spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja), green heron (Butorides virescens), belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), mangrove cuckoo (Coccyzus minor), mangrove warbler (Dendroica petechia), and reddish egret (E. rufescens).

    Bahamian mangroves

  • 1 The herons (Ardea herodias), the fishing-hawk (Pandion haliaëtos carolinensis), and the blue-crested king fisher (Ceryle alcyon) are, as Clark states, not peculiar to the Pacific coast. —

    Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806


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