The belted kingfisher has a stocky body with a large head and neck, and a long straight bill. The are grey-blue with a large blue-grey band on the breast and the under parts are white, as well as the neck. This bird has a large crest on the back of the head. The female has a reddish-brown band below the first one. They are about one foot long (30 cm). Their diet is made mainly of fish, which they watch for while perched on a branch above water. They will then dive head first to catch their prey.
Belted kingfishers breed in PEI but are rare or occasional in the winter, as they need open water to access their source of food. Below are photos of some individuals that decided to stay in the winter.