Water Kingfishers

American Pygmy Kingfisher, Chloroceryle aenea
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The Water Kingfishers (Cerylidae) - also known as Cerylid Kingfishers.

They have been named for their "fish-eating" habits. They will perch quietly on a low branch close to water before plunging in head first after small fish or tadpoles. They will also hawk for insects.

They are quite tame, but easily overlooked as they sit silently amongst riverside branches.


Water Kingfishers are grouped in three genera and 9 species:

  • The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is widespread in the tropical regions of the Old World (Europa, Asia, and Africa).

Amazon Kingfisher - FemaleFemale Belted KingfisherGiant KingfisherRinged Kingfisher



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