Belted Kingfisher

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 27 January 2009
Scientific Name
Megaceryle alcyon
  • Coraciiformes
  • Cerylidae
  • Megaceryle
  • M. alcyon
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
11 to 14 inches
19 to 23 inches
4.9 to 6 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白腹鱼狗
Czech (Cesky) Rybařík Pruhoprsý
Danish (Dansk) Bæltestødfisker
Dutch (Nederlands) Bandijsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) Sepelkalastaja
French (Français) Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Gürtelfischer
Italian (Italiano) Martin Pescatore Americano
Japanese (日本語) アメリカヤマセミ (Amerikayamasemi)
Korean (한국어) 붉은띠호반새 (Bulgeunttihobansae)
Norwegian (Norsk) Belteisfugl
Polish (Polski) Rybaczek Popielaty
Russian (русский язык) Североамериканский зимородок
Spanish (Español) Martín Gigante Norteamericano
Swedish (Svenska) Bälteskungsfiskare
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