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Kingfisher (Belted)

Ceryle alcyon
Kingfisher (Belted)

Range

They breed from Alaska, across Canada to Newfoundland, and south through the U.S. They spend the winter in southern Canada south to northern South America.

Habitat

They live by rivers, ponds and lakes and winter along coastlines as well.

Body Traits

They have a long, sharp bill and a bushy head crest. They have a gray-blue head, back and wings and a white chin and belly with a dark band across their breast.

Habits

They hover over the water and dive for fish. They have a loud rattling call.

Diet

They eat mostly fish, but will also take insects, frogs and crayish.

Reproduction

They nest in a burrow in a bank near the water. The female lays 5 - 8 white eggs.

Kingfisher (Belted)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Genus: Megaceryle
Species: M. alcyon

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