Burrowing Belted Kingfisher
Written by Frances Wooden
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[Rattling Call of Belted Kingfisher]
There’s no different sound alongside a stream or waterway fairly just like the reverberating metallic name of a Belted Kingfisher. [Rattling Call of Belted Kingfisher]
Because the showy, crested kingfisher flies overhead, robust, staccato wing-beats and white wing-patches flash a Morse-code sample. The hen’s energy is in its massive head and sharp invoice. The king of fishers hovers over water, then dives headfirst to catch its prey in its invoice. Rising from the water, the hen flies again to a perch. There it juggles the meal—normally a fish, frog, or crawdad—into place and gulps it down.
At the moment of 12 months, one of the best locations to see Belted Kingfishers are alongside sandy banks, the place they’re busy digging nesting burrows. These stocky, short-legged birds use their entrance claws — with two forward-pointing toes fused collectively for added power —and their robust payments, to dig holes. The holes sometimes attain three to 6 ft into the sandy financial institution, however some nesting holes can prolong fifteen ft.
When not perching, fishing, or constructing a nesting burrow, the Belted Kingfisher dashes by the air, warning intruders with its rapid-fire name. [Rattling Call of Belted Kingfisher]
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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by S.R. Pantle.
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