Belted Kingfisher

(Megaceryle alcyon)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding, Unranked Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Rivers, large streams, lakes, and beaver ponds

Size

11 to 14 in length

20 wingspan


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Migration

Early March to late November


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Taxonomy
The Belted Kingfisher was formerly named Ceryle alcyon. Along with three other large kingfishers, it was formerly placed in the genus Ceryle with the Pied Kingfisher. Phylogenetic and mitochondrial DNA analysis shows that Pied Kingfisher is more closely related to the American green kingfishers than to the other four kingfishers. The four kingfishers were subsequently separated as the new genus Megaceryle.


Taxonomy

Order:

Coraciiformes (kingfishers and relatives)

 

Family:

Cerylidae (cerylid kingfishers)

 
Synonyms

Ceryle alcyon

Megaceryle alcyon alcyon

Megaceryle alcyon caurina


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Hastings Park Megaceryle alcyon
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Uploaded on Feb 8, 2011

This female Belted Kingfisher was on the alert for fish in the ponds at Hastings Park Sanctuary, Vancouver, BC. While waiting for some action the kingfisher's rival, the Great Blue Heron waded through behind.

( Megaceryle alcyon ) July 2003

 
     
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Published on Dec 20, 2009

Belted Kingfishers are both elegant and comical. Enjoy watching kingfishers call, fish and express themselves with their crazy Mohawk crest.

 
     
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Published on May 28, 2013

This female Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon) was photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (28 May 2013).

 
     
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Published on Oct 6, 2013

With apologies to Kevin Costner and the creators of the movie, Field of Dreams, I have modified the phrase "Build it and they will come." to "Place it and they will come" and by "it" I'm referring to a convenient perch for a bird.

In this case, I had often seen and heard Belted Kingfishers at a nearby marsh. But they were usually perched far out in the water (Where there were perches!). Not great for photos. Plus, Kingfishers are one of the most spooky of all birds...Meaning they fly at the first sight of a human. So I found a spot on the edge of the marsh where I could get a clear view of the water. I found a good looking perch in my woods at home, hauled it to the spot and stuck it in the mud. I set up my pop-up blind about 20 yards away and waited....But I didn't have to wait very long as a Belted Kingfisher found the perch within 15 minutes!

 
     
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Uploaded on Dec 23, 2007

The Wingscapes BirdCam http://www.wingscapes.com/ took this video of this female Belted Kingfisher as it fished from the top of a lakeside fish feeder.

A new Bird Camera, BirdCam 2.0 with Flash, is available at http://www.wingscapes.com. It takes photos and videos of backyard birds and wildlife while you are away.

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Gloria Pfeifer
4/9/2016

Location: north shore of Lake Minnewaska, 1.5 miles from Starbuck,Mn

we see one Belted Kingfisher on our shoreline every year, it stays for the summer, it sits in the trees along the shore and on the dock


     
     
 

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