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Giant Kingfisher
Megaceryle maxima (Pallas, 1769)
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Order:
  Coraciiformes
Family:
  Alcedinidae
Genus:
  Megaceryle

Scientific:
  Megaceryle maxima

Citation:
  (Pallas, 1769)

Reference:
  Spic.Zool. 1 fasc.6 p.14

Protonym:
  Alcedo maxima

Avibase ID:
  F51C1C4AB0A3DC7F

Taxomic Serial Number:
TSN: 554634

Geographic range:

  • Megaceryle maxima maxima: Senegambia to Ethiopia and South Africa
  • Megaceryle maxima gigantea: Rainforests of Liberia to w Tanzania and n Angola
Source: Clements checklist

English:
  Giant Kingfisher
Czech:
  rybařík velký
German:
  Riesenfischer
Danish:
  Kæmpestødfisker
Spanish:
  Martín Gigante Africano
Finnish:
  afrikankeisarikalastaja
French:
  Martin-pêcheur géant
Icelandic:
  Giant Kingfisher
Italian:
  Martin pescatore gigante
Japanese:
  ooyamasemi
Japanese:
  オオヤマセミ
Dutch:
  Afrikaanse Reuzenijsvogel
Norwegian:
  Kjempeisfugl
Polish:
  rybaczek wielki
Portuguese:
  Guarda rios gigantes
Portuguese (Brazil):
  Giant Kingfisher
Russian:
  Гигантский пегий зимородок
Slovak:
  rybárec obrovský
Swedish:
  jättekungsfiskare
Chinese:
  大鱼狗


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
   Giant Kingfisher ( Megaceryle maxima) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
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African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
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African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
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African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
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African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
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Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
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Birdlife checklist version 00:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
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Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
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Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
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Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
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Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
   Martin-pêcheur géant ( Megaceryle maxima) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
   Martin-pêcheur géant ( Megaceryle maxima) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
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Morony, Bock and Farrand:
   Giant Kingfisher ( Ceryle maxima) [version 1]
James Lee Peters:
    Ceryle maxima [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
    Ceryle maxima [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
    Ceryle maxima [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
   Giant Kingfisher ( Megaceryle maxima) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
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Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
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Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
    Megaceryle maxima [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
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Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Other synonyms

Afrikaans: Reuse Visvanger, Reusevisvanger
Catalan: Alció gegant africà
Czech: Rybarík velký, rybařík velký
Danish: Kæmpestødfisker
German: Riesenfischer, Riesen-Fischer
English: African Giant Kingfisher, Alucan Giant Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher
English (Kenya): Giant Kingfisher
Spanish: Martín Gigante Africano, Martín Pescador Gigante
Spanish (Spain): Martín Gigante Africano
Estonian: hiid-kuningkalur
Finnish: Afrikankeisarikalastaja
French: Alcyon géant, Martin-pêcheur géant
Hungarian: óriás halkapó
Italian: Martin pescatore gigante
Japanese: ooyamasemi
Japanese: オオヤマセミ
Kwangali: Esompwaningi
Latin: Ceryle maxima, Megaceryle maxima, Megaceryle maximus
Lithuanian: didysis keršasis tulžys, Gigantiškasis keršasis tulžys
Dutch: Afrikaanse Reuzenijsvogel
Norwegian: Kjempeisfugl
Polish: rybaczek wielki
Portuguese: Guarda rios gigantes, Guarda-rios-gigantes, Pica-peixe-gigante
Portuguese (Portugal): Pica-peixe-gigante
Russian: Гигантский пегий зимородок
Slovak: rybárec obrovský, Rybárik obrovský
Serbian: Džinovski vodomar
Sotho, Southern: Seinoli
Swedish: Jättekungsfiskare
Swahili: Mkumburu, Zumbulu
Tswana: Mmatlhapi
Turkish: Büyük Afrka Yalıçapını
Tsonga: Tshololwana
Xhosa: Uxomoyi
Chinese: 大鱼狗
Chinese (Traditional): 大魚狗
Zulu: isiVuba

 

         

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