Birds of Colombia

kingfisher 
MARTÍN Pescador

ORDER: CORACIIFORMES

FAMILY: ALCEDINIDAE

All species of kingfishers are found in Colombia. These extremely timid birds dive to catch fish, crustaceans, and amphibians. They also eat small birds, frogs, and mammals. After catching fish they stun it by beating it against a perch. The fish is turned around so it can be eaten head first. Kingfishers have unruly feathers arranged in their crests that are raised when disturbed. Easily identifiable by their size and color. Interestingly, the belted kingfisher is one of the few birds in which the female is more colorful than the male. Live in solitary pairs or can be found solitary.

Todas las especies del martín pescador se encuentran en Colombia. Aves tímidas que clavan para atrapar peces, crustáceos o anfibios. También comen pájaros, ranas y mamíferos pequeños. Después de atrapar un pez lo azotan y lo voltean para que su cabeza sea la primera en tragarse. Sus crestas desordenadas se levantan cuando se les molesta. Son identificados fácilmente con base en su tamaño y color. La hembra del martín pescador de bandas es más colorida que el macho lo cual es muy raro en el mundo de las aves. Viven solos o en pares.

GREEN KINGFISHER

Name in Spanish: Martin- Pescador Chico

Size/Tamaño: 9 in | 22 cm
Location: Near rivers and lakes and north of the country
Altura: <1500 m
Status:
Photo by: ©John Tomsett taken from
Flickr


Green Kingfisher, Martin Pescador

Chloroceryle americana

MALE ♂︎

Green Kingfisher, Martin Pescador

Chloroceryle americana

Photo by: Pedro Arturo Camargo Martinez

Green Kingfisher
Chloroceryle americana
Species of the family Alcedinidae to photograph
Species de la familia Alcedinidae por fotografiar 
Scientific
Name
Name in
Spanish
Name in
English
Megaceryle torquata Martín-pescador Grande Ringed Kingfisher
Megaceryle alcyon Martín-pescador Norteño Belted Kingfisher
Chloroceryle amazona Martín-pescador Matraquero Amazon Kingfisher
Chloroceryle inda Martín-pescador Selvático Green-and-rufous Kingfisher
Chloroceryle aenea Martín-pescador Enano American Pygmy Kingfisher