Introducing the Belted Kingfisher

Birdorable Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher is one of three new kingfishers that we've added to Birdorable. This cutie can be found across North America, Central America and South America as far south as Argentina. I love Kingfishers, and we saw many Belted Kingfishers on our vacation in Florida. We were staying in Key Largo and every time we drove Route 1 back to the mainland we saw dozens of these guys sitting on the telephone wires looking down at the water. When they spot a fish that they like, they'll dive into the water head first to grab it. Did you know that many Kingfishers, including this one, nests underground? A pair will dig a tunnel as long as 8 feet in river banks. The tunnel slopes upward to keep water from entering the nest. Human activity has actually expanded their breeding range; road building and the digging of gravel pits has created new banks where kingfishers can nest.

Belted Kingfisher
Photo by Rick Leche
Belted Kingfisher
Photo by Rick Leche

Males and females both have shaggy crests and are colored blue and white. Females have rufous across the upper belly. This is our totally cute Birdorable version of the Belted Kingfisher!

Cute Belted Kingfisher Gifts


Spurwing Plover on July 7, 2022 at 11:50 PM wrote:
Just waiting for a Fish

Leave a comment

Comments with links or HTML will be deleted. Your comment will be published pending approval.
Your email address will not be published

2020 Bonanza Bird #19: Australian Pelican

Today’s new species breeds in Australia with a winter range that extends to nearby islands, including New Guinea, Fiji, and Indonesia: the Australian Pelican. The Australian Pelican has a white body plumage, mostly black wings, and an enormous beak. At up to nearly...

2021 Bonanza Bird #10: Australian Brushturkey

Happy Thanksgiving! Today's new species isn't related to today's most famous bird, but the name is similar -- welcome the Australian Brushturkey to Birdorable!Australian Brushturkeys are large, darkly plumaged birds with bare facial and neck skin. In males, the red head...

Baby Birdorable: American Avocet

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the American Avocet. American Avocets are ground nesters, laying their eggs in a simple scrape which may be lined with grass or...

Birdorable Christmas Cards

Check out our customizable Birdorable Christmas Cards. These greeting cards and postcards from Zazzle will be great to send to your bird-loving friends and family this holiday season. Is your favorite Birdorable bird not among the ones already dressed up like Santa? Just drop us...