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Belted Kingfisher — Water Connection

As its name suggests, the Belted Kingfisher loves to fish, and is well suited in behavior and design to this role in the following ways:

• When a Belted Kingfisher spots a fish, it often hovers on beating wings 20 or more feet above the water. With a precise headfirst dive, the bird can catch fish at depths of up to two feet, or snag a frog immersed in only a few inches of water. Belted Kingfishers also have been observed diving into water to elude avian predators.         next page >>

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao