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Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle alcyon


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.

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25 Comments (1–25)

AmolPandit 7 years ago

Beautiful pic willie !! thanks for sharing
You can consider to join & add this kingfisher to kingfishers of the world mission

Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 7 years ago

Wonderful shot!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

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

FoTony 11 years ago

Love this picture!!!

KarenL 11 years ago

I love the action shot!

JanelleL.Streed 11 years ago

Gorgeous Belted Kingfisher images, willie! Bravo!!

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 11 years ago


Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 years ago

Spectacular shot willie..!

leah 11 years ago

amazing flight shot, love the look in the birds eyes

NaturalistAmateur 11 years ago

Gorgeous photos!

nexttogone 11 years ago

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

williefromwi 11 years ago

Thanks Diana.
Gracias tan mucho, Harsuame.

rutasandinas 11 years ago

Fantásticos disparos excelente

DianaJ.Limjoco 11 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 11 years ago

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

Atul 11 years ago

Absolutely wonderful spotting Willie ! one of my favorite birds .

williefromwi 11 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 11 years ago

Lovely spotting!

williefromwi 11 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 11 years ago

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

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

Stunning picture of a female Belted King Fisher.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 years ago

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

ceherzog 11 years ago

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

ASH247 11 years ago

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

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Beautiful spotting.

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Wisconsin, USA

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

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