Belted Kingfisher
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General description.

The Belted Kingfisher is one of the only bird species in North America in which the female is more colorful than the male. This bird is most commonly found perching along waterways for hunting. The Belted Kingfisher often hovers over water until it sees a fish at which point it dives headfirst into the water to get it. This bird is monogamous and nests along a bank in a burrow. A mated pair nests alone and raises 1-2 broods per year. This bird is often seen as a pest at fish hatcheries and used to be shot and killed. Now, there is regulation of this, but it still may happen at some hatcheries.

Female appearance.

The female Belted Kingfisher has a reddish bland across her chest and under her wings that the male lacks.

Flight pattern.

Slow, direct flight. Hovers to search for prey.

Breeding habits.

Monogamous.

Calls or song.

Raspy rattle sounds.

Population and distribution.

Slight decline in North America.

Nesting habits.

The Belted Kingfisher nest on banks and lays 5-8 white eggs in May.

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