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Green-backed Kingfisher (Male) cropped.jpg
Green-backed kingfisher (Actenoides monachus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Subfamily: Halcyoninae
Genus: Actenoides
Bonaparte, 1850

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Glittering kingfisher
(Caridonax fulgidus)

Scaly-breasted kingfisher

Green-backed kingfisher

Spotted wood kingfisher

Hombron's kingfisher

Rufous-collared kingfisher

Moustached kingfisher

Cladogram based on the molecular analysis by Andersen and colleagues published in 2017.[1]

Actenoides is a genus of kingfishers in the subfamily Halcyoninae.

The genus Actenoides was introduced by the French ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1850. The type species is Hombron's kingfisher (Actenoides hombroni).[2] The name of the genus is from the classical Greek aktis, aktinos for "beam" or "brightness" and -oidēs for "resembling".[3] A molecular study published in 2017 found that the genus Actenoides, as currently defined, is paraphyletic. The glittering kingfisher in the monotypic genus Caridonax is a member of the clade containing the species in the genus Actenoides.[1]

The genus contains the following species:[4]


  1. ^ a b Andersen, M.J.; McCullough, J.M.; Mauck III, W.M.; Smith, B.T.; Moyle, R.G. (2017). "A phylogeny of kingfishers reveals an Indomalayan origin and elevated rates of diversification on oceanic islands". Journal of Biogeography. 45 (2): 1–13. doi:10.1111/jbi.13139.
  2. ^ Bonaparte, Charles Lucien (1850). Conspectus generum avium (in Latin). Volume 1. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: E.J. Brill. p. 157.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Rollers, ground rollers & kingfishers". World Bird List Version 7.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 May 2017.