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Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquata


multi-colored, long beak bird with dimensions approximating 12 inches from head to tail, perched above a slow moving Ostional river. Dark grey, white neck.


Dry Tropical Forest in SouthWestern Nicaragua. Ostional river has constant river flow (swelling at times). River meets up with an adjacent estuary at coast of Ostional pueblo. River frequently holds small fish, and shrimp.


Bird spotted at the end of the dry season, positioned no more than 1km from the pacific coast. The bird was in area shaded by many evergreen trees, at around 4:30 pm

2 Species ID Suggestions

Amazon Kingfisher
Chloroceryle amazona Amazon Kingfisher
AnnalisaD 9 years ago
Boat-billed Heron
Cochlearius cochlearius Boat-billed Heron

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Indio Jones
Indio Jones 8 years ago

Ringed Kingfisher? Well thank you.

stephen5 8 years ago

This is not an Amazon Kingfisher, which is green in color. The large size, blue-gray back and reddish underparts point to a Ringed Kingfisher, the largest kingfisher of the americas.

harsuame 9 years ago

Fantástico pico!!

Indio Jones
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Indio Jones

Rivas, Rivas, Nicaragua

Spotted on Apr 17, 2012
Submitted on Apr 19, 2012

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