belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 12 inches
Large, short-legged, big-headed, big-billed bird
Hovers over water and dives headfirst into water in pursuit of fish
Slate blue head, with white spot near lores
White chin, throat and neck
Slate blue breastband
Slate blue back and upperwing coverts with small white spots
Slate blue tail with numerous dark and light bands
Entirely white belly
White underparts with reddish belly band extending down flanks
In the United States, only the ringed kingfisher of south Texas is similar.
It is superficially similar but is larger and has an entirely reddish belly
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 5-8
Length of Incubation: 23-24 days
Days to Fledge: 23+?
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Mostly fish; lesser quantities of aquatic invertebrates, reptiles or
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley