male; buffy throat; rich rufous breast; white belly (Panama; 2008-06-25)

Pygmy Kingfisher
Chloroceryle aenea

Native Range: Latin America

Notes: a tiny kingfisher of dense tropical rainforests and mangrove forests where it secretly perches on low branches before plunge-diving for small fish in small streams and channels; modest sexual dimorphism with the female showing a band of greenish black (edged with white) across the breast.

forsal view; green upperparts; buffy collar (Panama; 2008-06-25)

diminutive body size but relatively large bill (Panama; 2008-06-25)