Belted Kingfisher—photos and links

(under construction–stay tuned!}

Most bird field guides state that adult males have just a single slate blue band across the chest while adult females have an additional rufous band below the blue band.  However, juvenile males also often show an incomplete rufous band into late fall and early winter.  In this photo, you can also see a bit of rufous feathering infiltrating the lower edge of the blue band—another good sign that this is a first-year (juvenile) male.

To hear the Belted Kingfisher’s typical rattle call, click here and scroll down to “typical voice” on the left.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s