Belted Kingfisher

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Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Description – ragged crest, dusky blue body with blue breast band on male and blue and rusty-brown band on female.

Habitat – live near water; streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and estuaries. Nest in burrows that they dig into soft banks along bodies of water. Kingfishers spend winters in areas where the water doesn’t freeze so they do not overwinter in PEI.

Food habits – spends a lot of time perched by water searching for small fish.  Often hunt by plunging head first into the water.

Behavior – fly up and down rivers and shorelines giving loud rattling calls. Kingfishers occasionally visit our yard, calling as they pass over the pond to rest in the trees.  Bluejays quickly call in reinforcements and chase the kingfisher away.

 

 

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