Megaceryle alcyon


   This acrobatic flier is one only a few birds known to hover for their dinner. A marine hunter, the belted kingfisher will either perch or hover over water and then plunge down to snatch whichever fish or aquatic invertebrate caught their eye. Kingfishers are readily recognized by their distinct trilling call.

   The name comes from the blue “belt” both sexes wear just under their neck. Females also have a reddish-brown marking over their breast which resembles a bra. The kingfisher nests in a burrow which the male and the female both excavate. Males are known to bring food to the nest and do much of the excavating work. The male and female stick together through the breeding season.