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Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Genus: Megaceryle
Species: alcyon


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska
, British Columbia
San Diego, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Oak Brook, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Metairie, Louisiana
Paulina, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
Bishopville, Maryland
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mooresville, North Carolina
Thomasville, North Carolina
Bend, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Seabrook, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 8, 2019, brutusmother from Grand Rapids, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

We have these birds down the street from my house at the park. The park is 64 acres running about a mile along the Grand River. The park also has lagoons and ponds.

The bird is not seen often. I usually hear it first and then follow the call but sometimes they lead me on a long walk before I get to see them.


On Apr 22, 2017, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

For a bird that's so widespread, this one is seldom seen, at least by yours truly. The best place to see or even interact with them in my area is on the jetty at the Bonnabel Boat Launch in Metairie, LA. They perch in young live oak trees, and I found at least one I could walk right up to and photograph as it blithely ignored me. I hope to see one of these diminutive warriors catching a fish someday.


On Jan 4, 2009, Grasmussen from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4a) wrote:

The Belted Kingfisher male only has one belt, the female has a second lower reddish-brown belly band.