B is for the Belted Kingfisher
The Belted Kingfisher's range covers most of the United States and southern Canada. They can be identified by their bushy crest, dagger-like bill, and a belt of blue-grey feathers across their breasts. They like to sit on tree limbs that project over water to watch for fish, their favorite food. They also eat crabs, crayfish, lizards, mice, and insects.
I have identified this Belted Kingfisher as a female because of the chestnut color of her belly. Males have white bellies. No nesting in trees for this lady. She will lay five to eight white eggs in a tunnel dug deep into the bank of a stream or river.
|Lee county, Mississippi, USA, January 12, 2015|
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