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 1 year 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 2 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 31 photos
Bird capturing fish
Locality Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Pep Arcos 14 September 2010 9 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 38 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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