- Family: Kingfisher
Belted Kingfishers are fast flying. These two were photographed crossing one side of a tidal creek to the other in front of our approaching canoe. They have a grayish-blue head, wings and chest. Their neck and belly are white and they have a white spot anterior to the eye. Females look the same as males with the exception of an additional chestnut-brown belt. Their feathers on their crown often stick up.
Belted Kingfishers can reach 13” in size. Their sharp, long, straight, pointed beak is well adapted for catching fish.
Belted Kingfishers may swoop and dip to catch fish or dive straight down from high heights.
Belted Kingfishers dig tunnels that can reach lengths of 15’, typically with a nest chamber slightly elevated from the rest of the tunnel. Tunnels are typically (but not always) near fresh or salt water habitats.