belted kingfisher

noun

Definition of belted kingfisher

: a North American kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon synonym Megaceryle alcyon) that is slate blue above and white below with a slate-blue breast band and an additional chestnut-colored band in the female

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Recent Examples on the Web Bird-watching walks occur monthly, providing even newbie birders with the opportunity to spy a red-tailed hawk or a belted kingfisher. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "9 lesser-known public gardens in Colorado that are worth a visit," 23 Feb. 2020 The idea is to walk the course and look for the birds, starting with Canada geese on Hole 1 and then through such species as Eastern towhees, American robins, belted kingfishers and mallards. Washington Post, "This Rockville golf course is full of birdies — the feathered kind," 10 Feb. 2020 In 2015-16 alone, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employees killed 70 birds – including great blue herons, belted kingfishers and common mergansers - at the state’s Burlington, Quinebaug Valley and Kensington fish hatcheries. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Hatcheries Try Guns, Nets, Noise To Protect Fish From Invading Birds," 21 May 2018 At the shore of Lake Katherine, a male belted kingfisher gave his coarse rattle before diving into the water to successfully secure a fish for lunch. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Winter birds are beginning to arrive around Lake Katherine | Charlotte Observer," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of belted kingfisher

1782, in the meaning defined above

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“Belted kingfisher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belted%20kingfisher. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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