Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) - HBW 6, p. 248
French: Martin-pêcheur d’Amérique
Spanish: Martín Gigante Norteamericano
Taxonomy: Alcedo Alcyon Linnaeus, 1758, South Carolina.
Genus sometimes merged into Ceryle. Forms a superspecies with M. lugubris, M. maxima and M. torquata. Proposed separation of population from W coast as race caurina on basis of larger size is unwarranted, as size is variable across species’ entire range. Monotypic.
Distribution: Aleutian Is and CW Alaska (Seward Peninsula) E through C Canada to Labrador and Newfoundland, and S throughout USA to S California and S Texas and N coast of Gulf of Mexico. Winter range S to E Panama, N Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Galapagos Is and the Caribbean to Trinidad.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 12 videos
A female perched on a snag above the water Locality Boyds, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Robert Schaefer 4 November 2007 6 years ago 24 sec 4.8
when one meets another Locality Haines, Alaska, USA (United States)
Vicky Cheng 14 June 2012 2 years ago 3 min 9 sec 4.6
A male, watching for a Cooper's Hawk which had just chased him. Locality Maryland, USA (United States)
Robert Schaefer 21 September 2011 3 years ago 42 sec 4.5
A frontal view of a male perched on a utility wire directly over a stream looking around and then flying away. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Don DesJardin 10 February 2013 1 year ago 36 sec 4.4
A male attempting to soften up a large fish, then flying away with it Locality Boyds, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Robert Schaefer 10 December 2006 6 years ago 24 sec 4.4
A female swallowing a rather large fish Locality Boyds, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Robert Schaefer 27 February 2006 7 years ago 27 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Bird capturing fish
Locality Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Pep Arcos 14 September 2010 16 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States)
Paul Cools 5 February 2008 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States)
Paul Cools 6 February 2008 1 year ago 4.3
A female - hovering.
Locality Malibu Lagoon, Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA (United States)
Alexander Viduetsky 24 March 2012 2 years ago 4.2
A female Belted Kingfisher perched in a tree at the edge of a pond.
Locality Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington State, USA (United States)
JimBachman 30 December 2010 46 weeks ago 4
Male Belted Kingfisher
Locality Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California, USA (United States)
Ethan Winning 3 January 2013 1 year ago 4
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