Green Kingfisher (species: Chloroceryle americana) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Chloroceryle americana
Green Kingfisher

©barloventomagico: Male

©Lip Kee Yap: Female

©bathyporeia: Female
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Alcedinidae
Genus Chloroceryle
Species Chloroceryle americana



Distinguishing features

It has the typical kingfisher shape, with a short tail and long bill. It is oily green above, with white markings on the wings and tail, and a white collar around the neck.

Males have white underparts apart from a broad chestnut breast band and some green spotting on the flanks. Females have buff-white underparts with two green chest bands, the lower of which links to the green spotting along the sides of the belly. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 20 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 28 cm to 33 cm


Similar taxa



Green kingfishers are often seen perched on a low shaded branch close to water before plunging in head first after their prey. (Wikipedia)


They eat fish and aquatic insects. (Wikipedia)

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