Nature Journal
with Photos

Belted Kingfisher Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Large, short-legged, big-headed, big-billed bird
- Hovers over water and dives headfirst into water in
   pursuit of fish
- Slate blue head, with white spot near lores
- White chin, throat and neck
- Slate blue breastband
- Slate blue back and upperwing coverts with small
   white spots
- Slate blue tail with numerous dark and light bands

Adult male
- Entirely white belly

Adult female
- White underparts with reddish belly band extending
   down flanks

Similar species
In the United States, only the Ringed Kingfisher of south Texas is similar. It is superficially similar but is larger and has an entirely reddish belly band.
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