Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Personal tools
Main Categories

American Pygmy Kingfisher

From Opus

MalePhoto © by the late Jim WoodCosta Rica, November 2008
Male
Photo © by the late Jim Wood
Costa Rica, November 2008
Chloroceryle aenea

Contents

[edit] Identification

13 cm (5 in)

  • Oily green upperparts
  • Yellow-orange collar
  • Rufous underparts
  • White belly

Female: has a narrow green breast band
Young birds resemble the adults, but have paler rufous underparts, no breast band, and speckled wings and flanks.

FemalePhoto © by rkaCacandee, Trinidad, 2007
Female
Photo © by rka
Cacandee, Trinidad, 2007

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

This is a polytipic species consisting of 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. a. stictoptera :
  • C. a. aenea:

[edit] Habitat

Small woodland streams, rivers and pools. Also in mangroves and wetlands

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of small fish, tadpoles and small frogs. They will also eat some insects such as damselflies.

[edit] Breeding

The unlined nest is in a horizontal tunnel usually into a river bank; sometimes into an earth mound or termite nest. Three or four white eggs are laid.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: a weak tik or stony cht cht.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Woodall, P.F. (2019). American Pygmy-kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55804 on 2 August 2019).

[edit] External Links


Advertisement


Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.35340190 seconds with 8 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 18:53.