French: Martin-pêcheur nain German: Erzfischer Spanish: Martín pescador enano
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. stictoptera
(Ridgway, 1884) – S Mexico (Puebla, Veracruz, Yucatán, Chiapas) to N & C Costa Rica.
C. a. aenea
(Pallas, 1764) – C Costa Rica to N Colombia, S on W side of Andes to W Ecuador and, E of Andes, E to Venezuela, the Guianas and Trinidad and S to E Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia, Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones) and SC Brazil (São Paulo).
13 cm; male 10–16 g, female 12–16 g. Male nominate race black lore with narrow rufous supraloral line, narrow rufous collar; dark glossy green head and upperparts... read more
Weak, repeated “tik” or “dzit, tsweek” sometimes faster as a rattle or... read more
Small streams, rivers and pools with dense overhanging marginal vegetation, in dense gallery forest... read more
Food and feeding
Small fish (Characidae, Cyprinodontidae), tadpoles and small frogs, also insects such as damselflies (Zygoptera). Perches low over water,... read more
Lays in Mar–Apr, possibly Jun, in Costa Rica; in May in El Salvador and Surinam; in May–Sept in Trinidad; specimens in breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed; uncommon and local in some localities, but common in others. In Colombia and Bolivia densities varied, 0·9–1·... read more
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