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Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle alcyon

Description:

Belted Kingfishers are large birds found along the shores of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and marshes. They are slightly larger than a pigeon, and can grow to be just over a foot in size. They are bluish-gray above, with a white belly and a white ring around the neck. Males have a bluish-gray breast band and females have a chestnut-colored belly band to go along with the breast band.Kingfishers have a a large crest. Their bill is very long a sharp. The heads of these birds almost look to big for the rest of their body.

Habitat:

Belted Kingfishers are usually seen flying along shorelines, looking for food. They are territorial and have favorite perches where they watch for fish. Kingfishers eat mostly fish, as well as crayfish, salamanders, lizards, mice, insects, mollusks, and on occasion berries.

Notes:

Belted Kingfishers generally hover over the water looking for small fish. They then dive straight down into the water to grab the fish. Once they have taken a fish, which is generally small, they take it back to a perch on a tree. They will then bang the fish on the branch to stun it, throw it up into the air, and swallow it whole. It is a sight, I someday hope to be able to witness and photograph.

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25 Comments (1–25)

AmolPandit
AmolPandit 2 years ago

Beautiful pic willie !! thanks for sharing
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Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 2 years ago

Wonderful shot!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

I love the difference in the crest between the 3 pictures!

FoTony
FoTony 6 years ago

Love this picture!!!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

I love the action shot!

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

Gorgeous Belted Kingfisher images, willie! Bravo!!

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 6 years ago

wow

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 6 years ago

Spectacular shot willie..!

leah
leah 6 years ago

amazing flight shot, love the look in the birds eyes

NaturalistAmateur
NaturalistAmateur 6 years ago

Gorgeous photos!

nexttogone
nexttogone 6 years ago

I've always been fascinated by this bird. Great series!

williefromwi
williefromwi 6 years ago

Thanks Diana.
Gracias tan mucho, Harsuame.

harsuame
harsuame 6 years ago

Fantásticos disparos excelente

DianaJ.Limjoco
DianaJ.Limjoco 6 years ago

Beautiful shots. Thank for writing to me. They should just have a reply button on the form that sends comments so I don't have to hunt and peck when to reply from here and not email.

williefromwi
williefromwi 6 years ago

Thanks Atul, I will say they are a tough bird to get a good photo of.

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

Absolutely wonderful spotting Willie ! one of my favorite birds .

williefromwi
williefromwi 6 years ago

Thank you SatyenMehta, I was thrilled to be able to finally get some photos of this bird, I have seen many times but never at close enough range to get a photo.

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Lovely spotting!

williefromwi
williefromwi 6 years ago

Thanks for the comments, Jolly Ibañez, ASH247, ceherzog, Ava T-B, and Emma.............. ceherzog, I was amazed I made a flight capture, it was my intent to try, but they fly so fast, I was not sure I could pull it off.

williefromwi
williefromwi 6 years ago

Thanks Emma, yes you are correct all three pictures in this series are of female belted kingfishers

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Stunning picture of a female Belted King Fisher.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Stunning series, and interesting information and references. Thanks for this spotting.

ceherzog
ceherzog 6 years ago

On the wing.......awesome!

ASH247
ASH247 6 years ago

I agree a beautiful bird in a beautiful picture! Great job

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Beautiful spotting.

Wisconsin, USA

Lat: 43.20, Long: -88.34

Spotted on Jun 24, 2012
Submitted on Jun 25, 2012

Spotted for mission

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