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Alcedinidae are a family of kingfishers with their habitats in forests and near rivers and small lakes. Easily recognisable by their colourful plumage, large heads and distinctive bills. Notable behaviour includes nesting in burrows.


Amazon Kingfisher

Chloroceryle amazona

Amazon Kingfisher - Male

Amazon Kingfisher – Male

Amazon Kingfisher - Female

Amazon Kingfisher – Female



  • Typical kingfisher shape, with a short tail and long bill.
  • Oily green above, with a shaggy crest and a white collar round the neck.
  • Males have white underparts, a broad chestnut breast band and green streaks on the flanks. Females are similar but with green patches on the side of the chest.
  • About 29 to 35cm long, weight is about 110g.


  • They sometimes hover over water to hunt fish.
  • Diet also includes crustaceans, amphibians and aquatic insect larvae.
  • They dive to catch their prey and return to the same perch to stun it and swallow it head first.


  • Often a harsh “teck” call. The rare song, given from a tree top, is a whistled “ see see see see”.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They nest in horizontal tunnels dug in river banks.
  • They perch in small branches on the side of a lake or in driftwood in the middle of the lake.
  • Active all day, but specially early morning and late afternoon.
  • See them feeding at oxbow lakes.


Green-and-rufous Kingfisher

Chloroceryle inda

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher - Male

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher – Male

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher - Female

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher – Female








  • The male has glossy green upper parts, with white spotting on the wings, and a rufous nape and underparts.
  • The female has a narrow green breast band.
  • Young birds resemble the adult female, but have more spotting on the wings and back.
  • About 22 to 24cm long, it weighs about 60g.


  • They hunt for fish and crab mostly at dusk and dawn.
  • They dive head first after their prey.


  • Call is a “chip-chip-chip” and some twittering.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They nest in horizontal tunnels dug in a river bank.
  • They are often seen perched on a branch above water.
  • Found mostly on small water channels rather than at open water.
  • Creeks around oxbow lakes are the best option.


Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquata

Ringed Kingfisher - Male

Ringed Kingfisher – Male



  • Most distinguishing characteristic is the rufous belly, which also covers the breast of the male.
  • Plumage is deep blue or bluish-gray with white markings, a shaggy crest and a broad white collar round the neck.
  • Females are more colourful than the male and have a bluish-gray breast and a narrow white stripe separating breast from belly.
  • About 40 to 45 cm long, it weighs about 254 to 330g. The female can weigh 274 to 325g.


  • Mostly sedentary, it stays in its territory all year.
  • Diet is mostly fish but also reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans and insects.
  • It plunges steeply to hunt, then beats its prey against a hard surface before swallowing it.
  • Both parents incubate their eggs and feed their young.


  • Call is a loud, penetrating rattle given on the wing, and when perched.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Nests are in horizontal tunnels dug in river banks or sand banks.
  • They can be seen perched prominently on trees, posts, or other suitable “watchpoints” .
  • Found mostly at open water, they perch on branches by the side of lakes, and on driftwood in lakes.