Alcedo alcyon Linnaeus, 1758, South Carolina. Monotypic.
with 8-12 in (20-30 cm) diameter cavity at end. Lays five to eight eggs, incubation 22-24 days, nestling period 27-35 days. Sexes share duties of incubation, brooding, and provisioning.
Not threatened. Widespread and common in many areas, more resistant to pollution than most kingfishers. Some local disturbance at nest sites.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Feeds on some fish stocks and so persecuted locally. ♦
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