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.
They live by rivers, ponds and lakes and winter along coastlines as well.
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.
They hover over the water and dive for fish. They have a loud rattling call.
They eat mostly fish, but will also take insects, frogs and crayish.
They nest in a burrow in a bank near the water. The female lays 5 - 8 white eggs.
Species: M. alcyon
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