Saturday, November 1, 2014

Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher (Scientific name: Megaceryle alcyon) is found near streams and shorelines throughout North America.  It is distinctive with a large head with a shaggy crest and thick straight bill. They are light blue above with a white underside and a broad blue band on the breast. Females have a rust coloured band on their belly and are more brightly coloured than the males. There is also a distinctive white spot between the eye and bill. They range from Alaska and as far south as northern South America.  Photos taken in Richmond, B.C. (in flight), Langley, B.C. (on wire) and Chilliwack, B.C. in September (Richmond) and October 2014.

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