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About the Green Kingfisher

Also known as: Texas Kingfisher, Little Green Kingfisher

The Green Kingfisher is a beautiful dark green bird that can be found in southern Texas in the United States and south throughout Central and South America to central Argentina. They are resident (non-migratory) birds throughout their range.

You may find these small birds perched on a low shaded branch close to water before plunging head in first to catch fish. They breed near streams in forests and mangroves, where they dig horizontal tunnels up to three feet in the river bank.

Green Kingfishers have a large range and their population trend is increasing. They have a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 January 2009
Scientific Name Chloroceryle americana
  • Coraciiformes
  • Cerylidae
  • Chloroceryle
  • C. americana
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.5 to 7.9 inches
0.95 to 1.3 ounces
Range North America Central America South America United States (West)

International Names

  • Martim-pescador-pequeno (Brazilian)
  • 绿鱼狗 (Chinese)
  • Rybařík Zelený (Czech)
  • Grøn Stødfisker (Danish)
  • Groene IJsvogel (Dutch)
  • Viherkalastaja (Finnish)
  • Martin-pêcheur Vert (French)
  • Grünfischer (German)
  • Martin Pescatore Verde (Italian)
  • ミドリヤマセミ (Midoriyamasemi) (Japanese)
  • Grønnisfugl (Norwegian)
  • Rybaczek Zielony (Polish)
  • Зелёный зимородок (Russian)
  • Martín Pescador Verde (Spanish)
  • Grön Kungsfiskare (Swedish)

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