Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon Order: Coraciiformes Family: Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Megaceryle alcyon Order: Coraciiformes Family: Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

This funky-looking bird, like a drab, shaggy Blue Jay, is common wherever small fish may be close to the surface. The distinctive rattle call is easy to hear and draws our eyes to the bird. This is one of the very few species in which the female is more brightly colored than the male.

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