Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

Order: Coraciiformes Family: Alcedinidae

Habitat, Diet and Behavior

The Belted Kingfisher perches conspicuously on a tree limbs, telephone wires near bridge crossings, or dead tree snags along rivers and lakes to search for fish.

From their high-up roosts, they search for fish, which is the primary component of their diet. They sometimes eat other aquatic organisms, lizards, and insects.

Foraging Behavior
When flying from one perch to another they often fly with uneven wingbeats, making a rattling call. They will catch prey by hovering high above the water, then diving headfirst into the water in pursuit of prey. (See Video: Life of Birds, Episode Five: Fishing for a Living)

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