Picture: © cdbtx
With its top-heavy physique, energetic flight, and piercing rattle,
the Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance as
it patrols up and down rivers and shorelines. It nests in burrows
along earthen banks and feeds almost entirely on aquatic prey,
diving to catch fish and crayfish with its heavy, straight bill.
These ragged-crested birds are a powdery blue-gray; males
have one blue band across the white breast, while females have
a blue and a chestnut band.