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Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Description:

Bluish gray head with shaggy crest, long, thick powerful bill, white collar, white belly (female has chestnut band across breast and chestnut flanks), bluish slate upperparts. The bird has an unmistakable "rattling" call and is usually heard before being seen.

Habitat:

Likes areas of water where prey is visble from perches. This bird is also known to hover over water in lieu of using a perch.

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8 Comments

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 8 years ago

Thanks all!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 8 years ago

Perfect capture, Dennis! Beautiful!! :)

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Dennis,the Ladderback wood pecker has a similar call?

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 8 years ago

Thank you Satyen and Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Wonderful photo!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Lovely shot Dennis.

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 8 years ago

Me too, Marta! They can be a challenge to photograph in the wild.

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Love kingfishers!

Dennis Davenport
Spotted by
Dennis Davenport

Washington, USA

Spotted on Oct 17, 2011
Submitted on Oct 24, 2011

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