Kingfishers

There are about 90 species of kingfishers.  They are found primarily in the tropics although the belted kingfisher comes to North Dakota and parts further north each year.  Many kingfishers live near water and feed on small fish but many others live far away from water and feed on small invertebrates.  They all have large heads, long strong bills, short legs and tails and most are brightly colored.

Kingfishers


Amazon Kingfisher

Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica


Green Kingfisher

Crooked Tree Wild Life Sanctuary

Belize


American Pigmy Kingfisher

Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica


Ringed Kingfisher

Ushuaia

Argentina 

Banded Kingfisher

Way Kambas National Park

Sumatra

Indonesia



American Pigmy Kingfisher

Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica


Ringed Kingfisher

Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica


Green Kingfisher

Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica


Green Kingfisher

Crooked Tree Wild Life Sanctuary

Belize



The White-throated Kingfisher, also known as the white-breasted kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Asia from the Sinai east through the Indian subcontinent to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-throated_kingfisher


The Common Kingfisher also known as the Eurasian kingfisher, and river kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.  This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptations to enable it to see prey under water.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_kingfisher


The Pied Kingfisher is a water kingfisher and is found widely distributed across Africa and Asia. Originally described by Linnaeus in 1758, it has five recognized subspecies. Its black and white plumage, crest and the habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish make it distinctive. Males have a double band across the breast while females have a single gorget that is often broken in the middle. They are usually found in pairs or small family parties. When perched, they often bob their head and flick up their tail.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied_kingfisher


The Stork-billed Kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. This kingfisher is resident throughout its range.  It is a very large kingfisher, measuring 35 cm (14 in) in length. The Stork-billed Kingfisher lives in a variety of well-wooded habitats near lakes, rivers, or coasts. It perches quietly whilst seeking food, and is often inconspicuous despite its size. It is territorial and will chase away eagles and other large predators. This species hunts fish, frogs, crabs, rodents and young birds.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stork-billed_kingfisher

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