Legend of the Halcyon (Name Origin)

The Halcyon is a mythical bird whose presence was said to charm the wind and waves into calm while brooding her eggs.

The source of the belief in the Halcyon bird’s power to calm the sea originated in a Greek myth recorded by Ovid. The story goes that Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, had a daughter named Alcyone, who was married to Ceyx, the king of Thessaly. While on a voyage, a fierce storm came up and Ceyx was drowned at sea. Upon hearing of this, Alcyone threw herself into the sea in a fit of grief.  Instead of drowning, she was magically transformed into a bird and was carried to her husband who’d also been transformed into a bird and given new life by the wind. The two became immortal and henceforth their presence would ensure tranquility upon land and sea.

Belted KingfisherThe mythical bird, of ancient times, was said to resemble a kingfisher.

Today, the kingfisher family, Alcedinidae, contains 84 species worldwide.

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