Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana)

The Green Kingfisher is a relatively small kingfisher, a bit larger than the American Pygmy Kingfisher, the smaller to inhabit Costa Rica. It is very similar to the Amazon Kingfisher, however the Amazon is larger and lacks both the white spotting on the wings and the white outer feathers of the tail. Like most species of Kingfishers, it is found close to any wetland habitats, where they can catch small fish and crustaceans. The male featured in the pictures below frequented a small stream of water, which had risen due to recent heavy rains, about 100 meters from my parent’s home. It would perch on the fence wire and stay motionless for minutes at a time.

Green Kingfisher, Adult Male - Chloroceryle americana - Martín Pescador Verde, Macho Adulto (1)

This kingfisher perched virtually motionless, only balancing as the wire would start to move upon landing on it

Green Kingfisher, Adult Male - Chloroceryle americana - Martín Pescador Verde, Macho Adulto (2)

This individual perched close to another stream of water

Green Kingfisher, Adult Male - Chloroceryle americana - Martín Pescador Verde, Macho Adulto (5)

Other than the American Pygmy Kingfisher and Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, the remaining four species feature a white collar around the neck

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