BELTED KINGFISHERS FACTS

  • Name:
    Belted Kingfisher
  • Scientific Name:
    Megaceryle alcyon
  • Family:
    Alcedinidae
  • Length:
    28 - 33 cm (11 - 13 in)
Galapagos Belted Kingfisher

Kingfishers are small to medium-sized, stocky birds with short legs and necks, large heads and very large, daggershaped bills which are used to catch fish. The only species recorded in Galapagos, the Belted Kingfisher, is large with unmistakable plumage.

Identification:

Unmistakable; the only kingfisher recorded in Galapagos. Stockily built, with large, crested head and strong, dagger-likebill. Adults are blue-grey above, with a broad white collar. Underparts mainly white with, in male, a single blue-grey breast-band and in female an additional rufous band across the upper belly, extending to the flanks. Juveniles resemble adults, but have rufous tones to the breast-band.

Behavior:

Perches or hovers over water, plunging head first to catch fish.

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