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Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana


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Green Kingfisher, adult male
credit: Cl·udio Timm/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Alcedinidae, Kingfishers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has green back, wings, and upper tail; wings have white spots and outer tail feathers are white at base, white spotted towards tip. Head is mainly green, separated from green back and reddish orange breast by broad white collar. Underparts are otherwise white with dark spots. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but chest band is mottled green. JUVENILE Similar to adult female, but many feathers are marked with buff.

Dimensions Length: 8" (20 cm)

Habitat Resident beside small streams and pools in southern Texas.

Observation Tips Often unobtrusive but sometimes perches on exposed dead branch.

Range Texas, Southwest

Voice Utters a staccato series of tchit-tchit-tchit-tcheirit notes.

Discussion Green color and smaller size separate it from larger kingfisher species. Has a dark, daggerlike bill and dives for fish. Flight is fast and low over water. When agitated, bobs body and pumps tail up and down. Sexes are dissimilar.