Common Bird Species of Northwestern Ontario





Ceryle alcyon
Belted Kingfisher


Distinguishing Features - Upper parts, blue; white band around neck; breast and underparts, white except for blue on sides and band across upper breast; white spot in front of eye. Large crested head; straight pointed bill; short legs with small feet. Female similar to male but displays a brownish breast band below blue one.

Belted Kingfisher Size - 28 - 37.5 cm (11.25 - 15 in).


Near clear, fish-bearing waterways.


Excavates a burrow in the face of an embankment. Eggs, 5 - 8; white. Incubation period 23 - 24 days.


The profile of the Belted Kingfisher is unmistakeable and a common sight on Northwestern Ontario waterways. It can be seen perching patiently on a branch and then diving into the water with a loud splash as it strikes its prey. Small fish are its primary diet, although it will also feed on larger insects and even frogs. The song of the Belted Kingfisher is a loud, coarse rattle.

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