Belted kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

SUBFAMILY Cerylinae

TAXONOMY

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.

CONSERVATION STATUS

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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