Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle Alcyon

Male Belted Kingfisher
Male Belted Kingfisher

Physical Description

The Belted Kingfisher is a bird with a teal band with a hint of blue. The teal band is located across the front of the chest. The females have an additional brown band underneath the teal band and under the wings. Ablack beak is another feature. The neck is white as well as the chest. A distinct white dot is in front of the eyes. THey average 11 to 14 inches tall with a wingspan of 22 to 26 inches.
Female Belted Kingfisher
Female Belted Kingfisher


The Belted Kingfisher lives in conifer forests, sand dunes, dense wood, lowlands, and upper elevations that have a curved bank for nesting.

Kingdom: Animal

Phylum/Division: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Coraciiformes

Family: Alcedinidae

Genus: Ceryle

Species: C. Alcyon


These birds live along rivers and near the coast of Washington. They are rarely found in the mountain's and usually that is only for the breeding season. This bird is more commonly in Western Washington than Eastern and are mainly found in the Okanogan Highlands for breeding.

Additional Information

The Belted Kingfisher's diet consists of small fish, crayfish, tadpoles, and frogs. Like the penguin the Belted Kingfisher regurgitates food for it's young. Each egg clutch has about 6-7 eggs in it. Some of these birds migrate to the northern part of South America. The population of the Belted Kingfisher has been stable for the last 35 years. Luckily these birds have a harder time to catch the natural contaminants. These birds are quite rare in Eastern Washington and are found mainly by rivers. Very few live in the Blue Mountains. The Kingfisher is likely to watch for prey while on a higher perch.