Michigan Birds: The Belted Kingfisher

September 20, 2010

Kingfisher... again

Kingfisher… again, photo by palofmine2.

All about Birds says that the Belted Kingfisher is:

A common waterside resident throughout North America, the Belted Kingfisher is often seen hovering before it plunges headfirst into water to catch a fish. It frequently announces its presence by its loud rattling cry.

It breeds along streams, rivers, lakes, and estuaries with banks for nest holes. The breeding distribution of the Belted Kingfisher is limited in some areas by the availability of suitable nesting sites. Human activity, such as road building and digging gravel pits, has created banks where kingfishers can nest and allowed the expansion of the breeding range.

Check this out bigger in Renee’s Birds slideshow and also check out more of her Kingfisher photos.

More Michigan Birds from Michigan in Pictures.

3 Responses to “Michigan Birds: The Belted Kingfisher”


  1. This is a great shot! This bird is posed perfectly with his turned head!

  2. Renee/palofmine2 Says:

    Thank you for the comment on the photo photographyfree4all.
    Thank you farlane for adding this to photo to Michigan in Pictures!

  3. Wolf lahti Says:

    *The* Michigan bird is the Kirtland’s Warbler, as stable populations are found nowhere else. (Once in a while, a breeding pair is spotted in adjacent regions, but they’re probably just on vacation.)


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