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Chloroceryle inda

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Alcedinidae


Chloroceryle inda

Napo River, Napo, Ecuador; 28 May 2009 © Glenn Bartley

Of the five species of more or less exclusively Neotropical kingfishers, the Green-and-rufous Kingfisher is arguably one of the most attractive. Both sexes have the head and most of the upperparts green, although the wings and tail are delicately spotted with white, while most of the underparts are rufous, becoming more yellow over the collar in males, whereas females possess a green-and-white breast band, pale spotting on the green forehead, and an even paler throat and neck sides. It is significantly larger than the similarly plumaged American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea). This kingfisher is found around streams and rivers, from southeast Nicaragua south through the rest of Central America and across much of the northern two-thirds of South America, south as far as eastern Paraguay.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Green-and-rufous Kingfisher (Chloroceryle inda), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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