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Length 29-30 cm, weight 110g.
 Confusion Species
Two subspecies are recognised by some authors: C. a. amazona and C. a. mexicana2
Mostly by slow-moving water.
They dive from a branch or rock to catch their fish.
It breeds beside streams. The nest is at the end of a horizontal tunnel made in a river bank, and up to 1.6 m long and 10 cm wide. The female lays three or four, white eggs.
Call is variably described as teck, "tek", or "cack", with a hard quality, sometimes given alone at other times in series. The bird is able to sing in more musical notes.3
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