Friday, 23 August 2013

Bird #62: Belted Kingfisher





Common Name: Belted Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Megaceryle alcyon           

Description: 11-14 inches; bushy crest; large dagger shape bill; white spot in front of eyes; upperparts bluish grey with white spots; underparts white with bluish grey breastband; black and white bars on wing and tail. Female: additional rust colored bellyband below blue breastband.


Habitat: Body of water containing fish such as Graeme Hall, Chancery Lane Swamps, Codrington Colledge Pond, Long Pondetc  


Statue: migrant; winter resident; locally refer to as the Duck Pilot because “their arrival usually precedes the arrival of the Blue-winged Teal Duck on their southward migration”…. Dr John Webster host of Breakfast with the Birds   


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Websites:

·         Wikipedia

·         Three Rivers Avian Center

Photograph on February 13, 2013 at a shooting Swamp in  north of the island

Photograph on February 13, 2013 at a shooting Swamp in  north of the island

Photograph on February 25 at  Codrington College (Female)

Photograph on March 13, 2013 at Graeme Hall Swamp (Female)