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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Coraciiformes
Familia: Alcedinidae
Subfamilia: Halcyoninae
Genus: Actenoides
Species: A. bougainvillei - A. concretus - A. hombroni - A. lindsayi - A. monachus - A. princeps


Actenoides Bonaparte, 1850


Conspectus generum avium 1 p.157


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]

  • Green-backed kingfisher (Actenoides monachus)
  • Black-headed kingfisher (Actenoides monachus capucinus)
  • Scaly-breasted kingfisher (Actenoides princeps)
  • Plain-backed kingfisher (Actenoides princeps regalis)
  • Moustached kingfisher (Actenoides bougainvillei)
  • Guadalcanal moustached kingfisher (Actenoides bougainvillei excelsus)
  • Spotted wood kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi)
  • Hombron's kingfisher (Actenoides hombroni)
  • Rufous-collared kingfisher (Actenoides concretus)


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.
Bonaparte, Charles Lucien (1850). Conspectus generum avium (in Latin). Volume 1. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: E.J. Brill. p. 157.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Rollers, ground rollers & kingfishers". World Bird List Version 7.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 May 2017.

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