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Belted Kingfisher

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About the Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher is one of six American Kingfishers and the most common Kingfisher in the United States. Males and females both have shaggy crests and are colored blue and white. Females have rufous across the upper belly.

You'll find this bird perched prominently on trees, telephone wires and posts close to water where they might be looking for prey. They plunge in head first to catch fish. Belted Kingfishers nest in horizontal tunnels made in river banks or sand banks.

Belted Kingfishers have a large natural range and a stable population trend. Their conservation status is Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 27 January 2009
Scientific Name Megaceryle alcyon
  • Coraciiformes
  • Cerylidae
  • Megaceryle
  • M. alcyon
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
11 to 14 inches
19 to 23 inches
4.9 to 6 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 白腹鱼狗 (Chinese)
  • Rybařík Pruhoprsý (Czech)
  • Bæltestødfisker (Danish)
  • Bandijsvogel (Dutch)
  • Sepelkalastaja (Finnish)
  • Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique (French)
  • Gürtelfischer (German)
  • Martin Pescatore Americano (Italian)
  • アメリカヤマセミ (Amerikayamasemi) (Japanese)
  • 붉은띠호반새 (Bulgeunttihobansae) (Korean)
  • Belteisfugl (Norwegian)
  • Rybaczek Popielaty (Polish)
  • Североамериканский зимородок (Russian)
  • Martín Gigante Norteamericano (Spanish)
  • Bälteskungsfiskare (Swedish)

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