Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Overview

The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a species of kingfisher (family Alcedinidae) in the order Coraciiformes of bird (class Aves).

Description

A medium sized bird. Large head with a shaggy crest, grey-blue head, white collar, a large grey breast band and white underparts. A long heavy black bill with a grey base. The female has a rufous band across the belly. The adult female is on average slightly larger than the adult male.

Range

Found near inland bodies of waters or coasts across most of North America, within Canada, Alaska and the United States.

Gallery

Observed

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) - United States

United States

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) - Canada

Canada

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Observed
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) - United States

United States

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) - Canada

Canada

Classification

Species in the Genus of Megaceryle

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Crested Kingfisher

Megaceryle lugubris

Giant Kingfisher

Megaceryle maxima

Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquata

External Links

Belted Kingfisher – Wikipedia
Belted Kingfisher – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Belted Kingfisher – Audubon.org