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

Examples of belted kingfisher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, in some of the species, such as the red-necked phalarope and belted kingfisher, the female bird actually displays more color than the male. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2023 Six soaring black vultures and a belted kingfisher at Turners Falls and a cackling goose at the Barton Cove campground in Gill. Isabela Rocha,, 21 Jan. 2023 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, 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, 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,, 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, 26 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of belted kingfisher was in 1782

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“Belted kingfisher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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