Summer Range: During breeding season, the Belted Kingfisher is found in suitable habitat throughout most of North America north of Mexico.
Winter Range: Belted Kingfishers spend winters along coasts, streams and lakes. Their winter range extends to the Caribbean islands and northern South America. The birds’ migration, sometimes taking place at night, is solitary and generally follows the shorelines of major rivers and lakes. In the fall, females usually travel farther south than males, who tend to move no farther than they must to find ice-free streams and shorelines.