- Chloroceryle americana
19 to 20 cm [7.5 to 8 inches]) Short tail and long, strong bill
- Dark glossy green
- White underparts and collar
- Green spotting on breast and sides
- White markings on the wings and tail
Male has broad chestnut-colored breast band.
Female has one or two green spotted breast bands.
- C. a. hachisukai:
- C. a. septentrionalis:
- C. a. americana:
- C. a. cabanisii:
- C. a. mathewsii:
Riparian woodlands; shade trees on the banks of rivers and resacas, preferring sheltered pools
They dive from a low perch for small fish. They also eat aquatic insects. grasshoppers and small lizards.
The nest is a deep 2 to 3 foot tunnel high on a sandy bank near water. There is a small entrance, 2 to 3 inches wide, probably covered with plants, vines, or other vegetation draping over the entrance. Female lays three, sometimes four, eggs.
Call: a rattling call.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2014)
- What Bird
- The Website of Everything
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Green Kingfisher. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Green_Kingfisher