Green-and-rufous Kingfisher Chloroceryle inda


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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  • Year-round
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  • Breeding
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Recommended Citation

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