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Green-and-rufous Kingfisher ♂ Chloroceryle inda | by Roger Wasley
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Green-and-rufous Kingfisher ♂ Chloroceryle inda

Of the five species of Neotropical kingfishers, the Green-and-rufous Kingfisher is arguably the most attractive. Both sexes have the head and most of the upperparts green, although the wings and tail are delicately spotted with white, while most of the underparts are rufous, becoming more yellow over the collar in males, whereas females possess a green-and-white breast band, pale spotting on the green forehead, and an even paler throat and neck sides. It is significantly larger than the similarly plumaged American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea).

 

This beautiful male was seen during a boat trip along the Rio Cristalino near Cristalino Lodge in the Amazon, Brazil.

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Uploaded on November 16, 2020