BELTED KINGFISHER

BELTED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle alcyon)

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.

Female Belted kingfisher in flight - North Rustico, PEI - Aug. 21, 2016 - by Matt Beardsley
Female Belted kingfisher in flight – North Rustico, PEI – Aug. 21, 2016 – by Matt Beardsley
Juvenile belted kingfisher - Cavendish, PEI - July 20, 2016 - by Matt Beardsley
Juvenile belted kingfisher – Cavendish, PEI – July 20, 2016 – by Matt Beardsley
Belted Kingfisher juvenile female looks like it's yawning -Aug. 5, 2017 - © Matt Beardsley
Belted Kingfisher juvenile female looks like it’s yawning -Aug. 5, 2017 – © Matt Beardsley
Belted Kingfisher with a fish - Tenmile House, PEI - June 15, 2013
Belted Kingfisher with a fish – Tenmile House, PEI – June 15, 2013 – Roberta Palmer
Male belted kingfisher - North Rustico, PEI - Aug. 31, 2016 - by Matt Beardsley
Male belted kingfisher – North Rustico, PEI – Aug. 31, 2016 – by Matt Beardsley
Belted kingfisher male feeding juvenile female - Aug. 1, 2017 - © Matt Beardsley
Belted kingfisher male feeding juvenile female – Aug. 1, 2017 – © Matt Beardsley
Belted Kingfisher, female - Wright's Pond, PEI - Dec. 23, 2017 - © Matt Beardsley
Belted Kingfisher, female – Wright’s Pond, PEI – Dec. 23, 2017 – © Matt Beardsley
Female belted kingfisher on her perch - North Rustico, Sept. 17, 2016 - by Matt Beardsley
Female belted kingfisher on her perch – North Rustico, Sept. 17, 2016 – by Matt Beardsley
Male Belted kingfisher, rare in the winter - New Glasgow, PEI - Feb. 25, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
Male Belted kingfisher, rare in the winter – New Glasgow, PEI – Feb. 25, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley
Male Belted kingfisher, rare in the winter - New Glasgow, PEI - Feb. 25, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
Male Belted kingfisher, a rare occurrence in the winter – New Glasgow, PEI – Feb. 25, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley

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