Thursday, February 15, 2018

Amazon Kingfisher

Amazon Kingfishers range from central Mexican coasts south through Central America to most of Amazonian South America. I am aware of a few strays along the Rio Grande in Texas. They behave similarly to our Belted Kingfisher. The male Amazon Kingfisher has a rufous breast (upper photo), while the female is mostly white. In our kingfisher, its the female with rufous in her plumage.

Both of these photos are from near the Hotel de Campo campus. We found the male on 11 July, and the female on the 12th. Both waited patiently to dive for unsuspecting fish in the water below.

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