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  • Portuguese
    • Guarda-rios-cintado
  • Scientific Names
    • Megaceryle alcyon
    • Ceryle alcyon
    • Megaceryle alcyon alcyon
    • Megaceryle alcyon caurina
  • English
    • Belted Kingfisher
  • Spanish
    • Martín pescador norteño
  • Aou 4 Letter Codes
    • BEKI

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What

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

mayfly1963

Date

November 23, 2014

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Square

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belted kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

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asemerdj

Date

November 23, 2014

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No photos or sounds

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Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

javierahr

Date

November 23, 2014 12:01 PM EST

Description

Little guy is resting at the end of a pole stuck in the pond's shoreline. With a good view of the pond's surface, it suddenly dives into the water trying to catch prey and flies back out, returning to the pole. Most of the time it remains motionless, only tilting its head side to side. Mostly cloudy, windy. 27C/80F

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Square

What

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

kipwilson

Date

November 18, 2014

Description

Short and stocky bird with a crest on the top/back of the head. Grayish blue in coloration with a white belly and a band across the chest. Straight dark bill.

Photos / Sounds

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

musicwolf

Date

November 20, 2014 11:34 PM EST

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Belted kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

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dwest

Date

November 21, 2014 01:11 PM PST

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No photos or sounds

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

juliejtennis

Date

November 20, 2014

Description

Downstream of waterfall. Was perched on a branch, then flew upstream. Like every other kingfisher I've encounter on the creek, it flew over the water until it got near me, went through the forest on the opposite side of the creek, then peeled back in over the water once it'd passed me. I think it gave me about a 50' berth.

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

chuckd

Date

September 21, 2014

Description

male

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

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jaykeller

Date

November 18, 2014 01:20 PM PST

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

keimwj

Date

September 27, 2014 04:20 PM EDT

Description

27 Sep 2014.
Chambers Lake, Chester Co, PA.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

belted kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

erikamitchell

Date

September 21, 2014 10:17 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

erikamitchell

Date

August 12, 2013 10:33 AM EDT
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Description from Wikipedia

The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a large, conspicuous water kingfisher, the only member of that group commonly found in the northern United States and Canada. It is depicted on the 1986 series Canadian $5 note. All kingfishers were formerly placed in one family, Alcedinidae, but recent research suggests that this should be divided into three. All six New World kingfishers, together with three Old World species, make up the new family Cerylidae.

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Conservation Summary

    Source: BirdLife International (2011) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2011.