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Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon

A mid-sized bird, frequently spotted along the shores of lakes and rivers. The bird sits on a branch looking for fishes and then suddenly dives at high speed into the water to catch a fish. Also spectacular are the birds territorial fight with other Kingfishers over fishing grounds.

Common Names

  • Belted Kingfisher (en)
  • Martín gigante norteamericano (es)
  • Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique (fr)
  • Gürtelfischer (de)

Taxonomy

  • Coraciiformes
  • Alcedinidae
  • Megaceryle alcyon

Where & When to Spot

I spotted them in Park Angrignon and Rapids Park Lachine. Although, they are frequently seen in urban parks, they remain shy and change the branch with a intense chatter if humans get too close.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 0 2 1 0
Rapids Park Lachine 0 1 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

To identify this bird, I look at the bill which is long and strong. They are grey [females] or almost blue [males] on the back and white on the front. Females have a second band, brown in colour. The strategy to catch fishes by sitting on a branch and then suddenly dive with high speed to catch a fish is another hint.

Photos

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2018-09-23

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f8.0; Iso 2500;

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2018-09-23

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f5.6; Iso 360;

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2017-09-09

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1100;

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Angry bird having been chased away from its preferred spot.

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2017-09-09

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 4000;

Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-09-03

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 550mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 720;

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