Amazon Kingfisher

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Common Name: Amazon Kingfisher
Scientific Name: Chloroceryle amazona

Size: 11½ -11 ¾ inches (29-30 cm)

Habitat: North and South America; from southern Mexico south through Central America to northern Argentina. Found in the lowlands of the American tropics by water sources.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 500,000 - 4,999,999 Mature individuals. Common and widespread throughout its range

Diet: Fish; some insects. and invertebrates. Usually perched on a branch or rock close to water before plunging in head first after fish prey.

Nesting: Males have white underparts apart from a broad chestnut breast band and some green streaks on the flanks. Females have white underparts with green patches on the side of the chest and green flank streaks. Young birds resemble the adult female, but have white spots on the wings. It breeds by streams. The unlined nest is in a horizontal tunnel made in a river bank, and up to 1.6 m long and 10 cm wide. The female lays three, sometimes four, white eggs.

Cool Facts: The Amazon Kingfisher resembles the Green Kingfisher which shares its range, but it is much larger than its relative, and three to four times as heavy.

The Amazon Kingfisher gives a harsh “//teck//“ call and the rarely heard song, given from a tree top, a whistled “//see see see see//”.


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