Ringed KingfisherMegaceryle torquata

adult male
Martin Meyers/VIREO
adult female
Tom J. Ulrich/VIREO
adult
Glenn Bartley/VIREO
adult male
Greg Lasley/VIREO
adult
Greg Lasley/VIREO
Ringed Kingfisher

Family

Description

13" (33 cm). Pigeon-sized. Similar to Belted Kingfisher but larger, and with more chestnut on belly. Bushy crest and large, dagger-shaped bill. Blue-gray above, chestnut below with white collar. Female similar, but has gray band across upper breast.

Voice

Harsh rattle, louder than that of Belted Kingfisher. Also a loud kleck.

Listen

calls #1
calls #2

Habitat

Tree-lined rivers, streams, and lakes.

Range

Resident from extreme southern Texas to southern South America.

Discussion

The Ringed Kingfisher is the largest of the three species of kingfishers in the United States, where it is found only on the lower Rio Grande in Texas. Its habits are like those of the Belted Kingfisher.

Nesting

5-7 white eggs in a burrow in a sandbank.

Similar Species

adult male

Belted Kingfisher

13" (33 cm). A dove-sized bird, blue-gray above, white below, with bushy crest, dagger-like bill. Male has blue-gray breast band; female similar, but also has chestnut belly band.

adult

Green Heron

16-22" (41-56 cm). A dark, crow-sized heron. Crown black, back and wings dark gray-green or gray-blue (depending on lighting); neck chestnut colored. Bill dark; legs bright orange.

Vireo

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