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Belted Queen

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a representative of 93 species of kingfishers found throughout the world and is common to Northern and Central Americas. As their name implies, kingfishers are excellent fisher birds; they perch on suitable posts and branches above or close to water and plunge head-first to catch their prey. Very uncommon in the world of birds, and even among kingfishers, female Belted Kingfishers are more colorful than males; the brown sides and belly on this individual signify it's a female.

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Taken on January 23, 2009