Belted Kingfisher Composite

Ceryle alcyon

The Belted Kingfisher is the only member of the kingfisher clan that regularly visits the USA. Science recognizes over 90 species belonging to this group worldwide, but only 6 make their homes in the New World. Our bird is often seen in flight, moving along waterways in search of fish. When he finds a suitable location, he will seek a perching station where he can dive at fish that venture too near the surface. If a perch is not near a desirable fishing location, these birds will hover on high until it locates a victim. Then it will dive headlong into the water to catch its fishy dinner.

The images in this composite were captured one afternoon during a visit to Santee Lakes. To view more images of this bird, click <Here>.

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