Kingfisher. Matthew Thomayer. Kingfisher Trivia. How many species of Kingfishers are found in the United States? Which Kingfisher can be found in this part of the country? How many people have actually seen a kingfisher in this area?. Belted Kingfisher. Physical Description:
13" (33 cm). A pigeon-sized bird, blue-gray above, white below, with bushy crest, dagger-like bill. Male has blue-gray breast band; female similar, but also has chestnut belly band.
Breeds from Alaska eastward across southern Canada and south throughout most of United States. Winters on Pacific Coast north to southeastern Alaska, and throughout South north to Great Lakes and along Atlantic Coast to New England.
The belted kingfisher prefers its breeding habitat to be wetland-open water. They burrow a tunnel up to 8’ long in a sand of gravel bank. The belted kingfisher has a clutch of 5-8 white eggs and incubates them for 23 to 24 days. The belted kingfisher can only have one clutch a year.
The belted kingfisher is commonly found along rivers, ponds, lakes, and bays.
13" (33 cm). Pigeon-sized. Similar to Belted Kingfisher but larger, and with more chestnut on belly. Bushy crest and large, dagger-shaped bill. Blue-gray above, chestnut below with white collar. Female similar, but has gray band across upper breast.
Resident from extreme southern Texas to southern South America.
8" (20 cm). Starling-sized. Dark glossy green above, white below; male has broad rufous breast band, female has green breast band. Both sexes have white collar.
Resident from extreme southern Texas south into tropics. Straggles to southern Arizona and western Texas. Most common along lower Rio Grande Valley.
Near small shady streams, rivers, ponds and lakes with heavy vegetation along the shore. Usually seen perching on branch or rock just above water's surface.
The Green Kingfisher produces a clutch from 3 to 6 eggs and will incubate them for 22 to 26 days. The tunnel for the eggs is dug in only sandy banks and is only 2 to 3 feet long.
Feed primarily on fish, but insects are also consumed.
The Green Kingfisher is the smallest of the three species.
Also the Green Kingfisher rarely hovers while searching for food.
The entrance to the tunnel is hidden, unlike the other two kingfishers.