Belted Kingfisher

Lifespan: 10 to 20 years

Wingspan: 11-14 inches

Weight: 2.5 to 2.7 kg

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They perch or hover over open water, waiting for prey. When one is sighted, they dive headfirst into the water to capture it.

Rivers, lakes, and saltwater estuaries.

Small fish are its primary diet, although it will feed on large insects and even frogs.


Interesting fact:
To avoid being eaten by hawks, they will dive into the water.

They fly from all across Canada as far south as northern South America.

Breeds from Alaska to Newfoundland and southward to parts of the United States. Then they fly south for winter.

An upper blue body; with a white band around the neck and a white spot in front of each eye. They have large crested heads; straight pointed bill; short legs with small feet. Females are similar to males.

Likes to dig a nesting burrow near its fishing territory. They make an unlined compartment at the end of a long tunnel dug in the sand or a gravel bank.

Number of eggs:
5-8, white.

Born without feathers and brooded by the female, while males feed them. The young leave the nest 33 to 38 days after hatching.


Source: Bird Web, 2007 (, Borealforest, 2007 (