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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.
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 27 January 2009|
|Scientific Name||Megaceryle alcyon|
|Birdorable Family||Kingfishers & Friends|
(as of 28 January 2017)
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)|