Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thursday Birdblogging

Belted Kingfisher

These are nice to sight, usually see them whenever I go somewhere a ditch full of water is to the side of the road, in somewhat quiet places.

A common waterside resident throughout North America, the Belted Kingfisher is often seen hovering before it plunges headfirst into water to catch a fish. It frequently announces its presence by its loud rattling cry......

Sex Differences

Female with red chest band and flanks, male without......

Cool Facts

* The breeding distribution of the Belted Kingfisher is limited in some areas by the availability of suitable nesting sites. Human activity, such as road building and digging gravel pits, has created banks where kingfishers can nest and allowed the expansion of the breeding range.

* The Belted Kingfisher is one of the few bird species in which the female is more brightly colored than the male. Among the 93 species of kingfishers, the sexes often look alike. In some species the male is more colorful, and in others the female is.

* During breeding season the Belted Kingfisher pair defends a territory against other kingfishers. A territory along a stream includes just the streambed and the vegetation along it, and averages 1 km (0.6 mi) long.The nest burrow is usually in a dirt bank near water. The tunnel slopes upward from the entrance, perhaps to keep water from entering the nest. Tunnel length ranges from 30 to 250 cm (1 to 8 ft).



Anonymous JayDenver said...

This is another species found in Washington Park in Denver. I have seen both male and female at a small pond at the north end of the park and at both of the lakes. Most often they perch high in the cottonwoods or willows that line the banks. Their call is distinctive and often the only way to know that one is nearby.

And, yes, they are a delight to watch.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Glad you have your kingfishers. My most dependable place to see them is along a creek in Hagerman Wildlife Refuge here, they have nests in the creekbed which is quite high.

1:52 AM  
Blogger AnnPW said...

What part constitutes the "belt"?

9:27 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

That belt is kinda its necklace. As opposed to a solid stomach, I suppose.

10:57 AM  

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