American Pygmy Kingfisher

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Common Name: American Pygmy Kingfisher
Scientific Name: Chloroceryle aenea

Size: 5 inches (13 cm)

Habitat: Central and South America, southern Mexico south through Central America to western Ecuador, and then around the northern Andes cordillera in the east to central Bolivia and central Brazil. The species occupies the entire Amazon Basin and the Tocantins River drainage adjacent in Pará state Brazil. It also occurs on Trinidad. Found in dense forests and mangroves along small streams or rivers with heavily vegetated banks

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 500,000 - 4,999,999 mature individuals.

Diet: Tadpoles, small fish and some insects.

Nesting: Females create an unlined nest in a horizontal tunnel up to 40 cm long made in a river bank, earth heap, or occasionally an arboreal termite nest. The female lays three, sometimes four, white eggs.

Cool Facts: It’s the smallest of the kingfishers and only weighs 18g. Pygmy Kingfishers perch quietly on low branches near the edge of stream banks, patiently waiting for a small fish or tadpole to come by.


Found in Songbird ReMix Yucatan

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