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Belted Kingfisher
Ceryle alcyon

Kingfishers
Kingfisher Family (Alcedinidae)

Size: Length: 28-36 cm

Description: Belted kingfishers are beautiful and loud birds. Their clicking call reverberates along streams and rivers where they fish. They are a distinctive bird, with a bright blue head, and upper surface, and a white undersurface. They have a long beak, and a scruffy blue crest. They also have a white neck band, a blue breast band. Females have an additional band of rust across the belly.

Similar Species: None

Range: Kingfishers are wide ranging across most of North America, and are common throughout the Canadian and American Rockies.

Habitat: Look (and listen) for the belted kingfisher along rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and anywhere else they may find good fishing.

Diet: They love to sit on a favourite perch and wait for just the right moment to dive head-first into the water to capture a small fish, tadpole, or aquatic invertebrate.

Nesting: They nest in the river bank, excavating their den near to the top of the bank. The den will usually rise upward for 1-2 m (3-6 ft), before widening into a larger chamber. The female lays 6-8 (up to 14) white eggs. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs, which hatch after 23-24 days. The nestlings are altricial and naked. Both adults tend to the young, which fledge at 30-35 days.

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