American Green Kingfishers

The American green kingfishers are native to tropical Central and South America, with one species extending north to south Texas.

Green Kingfisher, Chloroceryle americana - Male

They comprise four species:

Breeding / Nesting

The American green kingfishers breed by streams in forests or mangroves.

They nest in long horizontal tunnels made in a river bank.

Green Kingfisher, Chloroceryle americana - Female


They have the typical kingfisher shape, with a short tail and long bill.

All are plumaged oily green above, and the underpart colour shows an interesting pattern insofar as the smallest and second largest, American Pygmy Kingfisher and Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, have rufous underparts, whereas the largest and second smallest,

Amazon Kingfisher and Green Kingfisher, have white underparts with only the males also having a rufous breast band.

Diet / Feeding

American Green Kingfisher mostly feed on crustaceans and fish caught by the usual kingfisher technique of a dive from a perch or brief hover, although the American Pygmy Kingfisher will hawk at insects in flight.

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