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 Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)




Belted Kingfisher | Ceryle alcyon photo
Belted Kingfisher, Audubon Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville, Texas

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Belted Kingfisher | Ceryle alcyon photo
Belted Kingfisher, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

BELTED KINGFISHER FACTS

Description
The Belted Kingfisher is a blue gray stocky bird with a white collar and white belly. The chest is gray and females also have a reddish brown chest band. The head and bill are large relative to the body size. They have a prominent crest that from the base of the bill to the back of the neck. Juvenile plumage is similar to adult females.

Size
length 28cm - 35cm

Environment
Belted kingfishers are found around lakes, mountain streams, coastal waters, mangroves, tidal creeks, swamps, rivers, ponds. They require clear, still water for fishing, and perches to lookout for prey.

Food
Feeds mainly on small fish, but can eat fish almost as long as itself. Will also eat snails, crustaceans, insects, amphibians, reptiles, young birds, small mammals..

Breeding
The birds dig a long tunnel at least 80cm long into a wall of clay or sand. The nesting cavity is at the end of the tunnel. Lays a clutch of 6-8 glossy white eggs which hatch after incubation of 22 - 24 days.

Range
Breeds in northern Canada and Alaska. Found throughout the year in southern Canada, coastal Alaska and much of the United States. Winters as far south as Central American and the Caribbean.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Alcedinidae
Genus:Ceryle
Species:alcyon
Common Name:Belted Kingfisher