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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.
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.
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.