Megaceryle alcyon (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Coraciiformes > Alcedinidae
Much larger than our Kingfisher this extremely rare visitor from North America has a grey (male) or russet (female) breast band.
Like our Kingfisher, the Belted Kingfisher nests in a burrow it excavates in a riverbank; this may be up to 2.5 m in length.
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Status and Trends
Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.
Belted Kingfisher is an extremely rare vagrant; these records are relate to one elusive but long-staying individual.
Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.
Lifecycle and body size information about Belted Kingfisher, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.
Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.
Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.
Feather measurements and photos on featherbase
|Field Codes||5-letter code: BELKI | Euring: 8340|
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