Ceryle Alcyon – Belted Kingfisher

Distinguishing Features – Upper parts, blue; white band around the neck; breast and underparts, white except for blue on sides and band across the upper breast; white spot in front of eye.

Large crested head; straight pointed bill; short legs with small feet. Female similar to male but displays a brownish breast band below the blue one.

  • Size – 28 – 37.5 cm
  • (11.25 – 15 in)

Belted Kingfisher


Near clear, fish-bearing waterways.


Excavates a burrow in the face of an embankment.

Eggs, 5 – 8; white. The incubation period is 23 – 24 days.


The profile of the Belted Kingfisher is unmistakable and a common sight on Northwestern Ontario waterways.

It can be seen perching patiently on a branch and then diving into the water with a loud splash as it strikes its prey.

Small fish are its primary diet, although it will also feed on larger insects and even frogs. The song of the Belted Kingfisher is a loud, coarse rattle.

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