22 May, 2011

Amazon Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Chloroceryle amazona

Population Estimate: 500K to 5M

Range / Habitat: Prefers inland wetlands, particularly rivers, streams and creeks, throughout southern Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Field Notes: Large, green kingfisher without white in wings. Male has rufous bib and female has green band across breast though with prominent central clearing. Similar coloration, but considerably larger, than Green Kingfisher, whose female lacks the central white clearing on breast and who has some white in the wings in both sexes.

Personal Notes: Seen on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica.

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