Ringed KingfisherMegaceryle torquata
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.
Harsh rattle, louder than that of Belted Kingfisher. Also a loud kleck.
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Tree-lined rivers, streams, and lakes.
Resident from extreme southern Texas to southern South America.
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.
5-7 white eggs in a burrow in a sandbank.