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Belted Kingfisher

Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique

Megaceryle alcyon

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Belted Kingfisher

B L W W W Family Latin Name
13" 33cm 20" 50.8cm 5oz 141.75g Alcedinidae Megaceryle alcyon

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter
Belted Kingfisher

Distribution: The Belted Kingfisher is the most common kingfisher seen in North America. This kingfisher makes it nest by digging into shoreline banks next to the water. It can be found in almost all areas of the continent. It is seen from Newfoundland and Labrador through two thirds of Quebec, Ontario, all of the prairie provinces, the Northwest and Yukon Territories as well as most of Alaska. South to the California Baja and across all the US states to the Atlantic coast as well as north into Nova Scotia.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds