Green Kingfisher

Chloroceryle americana

Order

CORACIIFORMES

Family

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Code 4

GKIN

Code 6

CHLAME

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Green Kingfisher has a large range, estimated globally at 16,000,000 square kilometers. The bird is native to the Americas and prefers a forest, wetland or marine ecosystem, though it has been known to live in urban areas or in canals or ditches. The population is estimated globally at 5,000,000 to 50,000,000 individuals. The population does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Because of these population trends, the current evaluation level of the Green Kingfisher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Green Kingfisher: Small kingfisher, dark green head, back, and wings, white chin, collar, rufous breast band, white belly with black spots. Black bill is long and straight. Legs and feet are gray. Feeds mostly on small fish taken in dives and aquatic insects, amphibians. Direct flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Green Kingfisher: Uncommon and local in southern Texas; rare to casual in extreme southeastern and south-central Arizona; has recently begun nesting locally in south Arizona. This species is a common resident throughout much of Mexico. Preferred habitats include small, clear streams, quiet pools, and backwaters.

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Green Kingfisher SONGS AND CALLS

Green Kingfisher PP1

Most common call is a dry "tick" or "tick-tick".

Green Kingfisher S1

Harsh scolding calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"tick-tick", "cheep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Green Kingfisher was first described in 1788 by Johann Friedrich Gmelin, a German naturalist, botanist and entomologist.
  • They are smaller than other kingfishers and lack blue-gray coloration.
  • A group of green kingfishers are collectively known as a "clique" and a "concentration" of kingfishers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X