Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon
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Megaceryle alcyon
Defining Characteristics and Behavior:

The Belted kingfisher is a medium-sized bird with a large head, shaggy crest, and a long, thick bill. This species is blue-grey on the back and upper portions of the body with a white belly and a distinctive blue-gray breast band. Females are distinguished from males by a rusty-orange-colored breast band below the blue banding. Both males and females have a loud, rattling call that resonates over water. As skilled fishers, they hunt by diving into the water from a perch, capturing fish and other aquatic prey with their sharp bills.

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Fun Facts:
  1. Belted kingfishers have a unique adaptation that allows them to see underwater. They have a translucent membrane that covers their eyes.
  2. Instead of building a nest, a mated pair will dig a burrow in the bank of a water source.
  3. Belted kingfishers can fly upwards of 36 mph.

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