belted kingfisher


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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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,, "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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1782, in the meaning defined above

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