Green Kingfisher

Chloroceryle americana

Order

CORACIIFORMES

Family

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Code 4

GKIN

Code 6

CHLAME

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 6



Incubation Days:

19 - 21



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

2 - 3 feet deep in stream bank.



Nest Material:

Grasses.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Green Kingfisher: Small kingfisher with dark green head, back, and wings, white chin and collar, rufous breast band, and white belly with black spots. Female lacks breast band.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Green Kingfisher: Three to six white eggs are laid in a nest made of grass and built in a burrow 2 to 3 feet deep, usually in a stream bank. Incubation ranges from 19 to 21 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Green Kingfisher: Hunts from low perches along the edge of the water or from rocks in the water. Feeds primarily on small fish, insects, and amphibians taken by plunge diving.

Vocalization

Green Kingfisher: Song is a faint but abrasive "tick-tick", usually with a brief rattle at the end. Call is "cheep."

Similar Species

Green Kingfisher: Belted and Ringed kingfishers are larger with blue-gray upperparts and head.

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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