Ejemplar macho perchado a la orilla de laguna de Catemaco.
subspecies P. m. subnigra
Was on the metal railing of the observation deck pier, moved to a wooden fence top, saw a hawk on his metal railing and chased the hawk away, then perched on the metal railing again. Hawk will be in another observation.
The Coraciiformes are a group of usually colorful near passerine birds including the kingfishers, the Hoopoe, the bee-eaters, the rollers, and the hornbills. They generally have syndactyly, with three forward-pointing toes (and toes 3 & 4 fused at their base), though in many kingfishers one of these is missing.