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Amazon Kingfisher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Douglas Bolt
Peru, Amazon River, July 2004
Chloroceryle amazona


Length 29-30 cm, weight 110g.
Upperside is green except for a white collar around the neck. Underside mostly white with green flank streaks. The male has a rufous band across the upper breast.

Confusion Species

The similar Green Kingfisher is much smaller and has more extensive white on wings[4].

Photo by juninho
Rio Pixaim, Pantanal, Brazil, September 2004


From southern Mexico through Central America to northern Argentina; in South America only found east of the Andes, the Amazon and other lowlands of Colombia. [1],[3]


This is a monotypic species[1].

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.

Photo by oderson
SItumbiara-GO Brasil, September 2008


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


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  4. Thread in Id forum on Green versus Amazon Kingfisher
  5. Wikipedia

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