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Syma torotoro.jpg
Yellow-billed kingfisher
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Subfamily: Halcyoninae
Genus: Syma
Lesson, 1827

Syma is a genus tree kingfishers in the family Alcedinidae that are resident in New Guinea and northeast Australia.

The genus was introduced by the French surgeon and naturalist René Lesson in 1827.[1] Syma was the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology.[2]

The genus contains contains two species:[3]

The adults of both species have bright yellow bills. The mountain kingfisher is endemic to the mountainous regions of New Guinea. The yellow-billed kingfisher occurs in lowland areas of New Guinea and on the Cape York Peninsula in north eastern Australia.[4]


  1. ^ Lesson, René (1827). "Nouveau gendre d'oiseau". Bulletin Universel des Sciences et de l'Industrie (in French). 11: 443. 
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 376. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Rollers, ground rollers & kingfishers". World Bird List Version 7.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Fry, C. Hilary; Fry, Kathie; Harris, Alan (1992). Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, and Rollers. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 171–174. ISBN 978-0-7136-8028-7.