Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae


  • Size: 11.0″ – 13.8″
  • Stocky build, a large head topped with a shaggy crest, and a thick, pointed bill.
  • Short legs and a squared tail.
  • Blue-grey on top and white on bottom, with white spotting on the wings and tail and a broad, blue breast band.
  • Females also have a rust-colored band on the belly; juveniles have rusty spotting in their breast band.
  • Sounds like a mechanical rattle.
  • Fish
  • Crayfish and other crustaceans
  • Insects
  • Amphibians
  • Young Birds
  • Small Mammals
  • Berries

Thomas Magarian, XC388263. Accessible at

Resident to Long-Distance Migrant

  • The Belted Kingfisher is one of the few species of bird where the female is more brightly colored than the male.