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Green Kingfisher

Chloroceryle americana

Green Kingfisher
Length: 9 in. (22 cm)
Found along the edge of small streams, lakes, marshes and ponds, this small kingfisher sits on a perch low over the water scanning the surface intently for fish. It dives shallowly into the water to catch its prey. More frequently, however, you are likely to see nothing but a streaking form flying low and quickly along the water's surface as it moves from one fishing perch to the next. Its nest is a tunnel deep into the side of a sandy bank near the water. The four-digit banding code is GKIN.

Open water
Open water

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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