Sunday, October 7, 2012

Today's Bird: Green Kingfisher

There are three types of Kingfishers in America--the Ringed, Belted and the Green.  The Belted is the one that you're used to seeing if you live, well, just about anywhere in America.  The other two--the Ringed and the Green--live exclusively in South Texas.

The Green Kingfisher is pretty small (only 7-8 inches tall), which makes the giant bill look pretty hilarious.  I always kind of wonder why they're not top-heavy--I'm half-expecting this one to tip over as I'm taking the picture.  This one happens to be female.  The adult male has a red chest instead of a green and white one.  I took this picture at Estero Llano Grande State Park on September 15, 2012.

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