Image from page 69 of "The book of birds; common birds of town and country and American game birds" (1921)
Authors: Henshaw, Henry W. (Henry Wetherbee), 1850-1930 National Geographic Society (U.S.) Fuertes, Louis Agassiz, 1874-1927 Kennard, Frederic Hedge, 1865- Cooke, Wells Woodbridge, 1858-1916 Shiras, George, 1859-1942
Subjects: Birds -- United States
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Kingfisher Red-headed Woodpecker Red-shafted FlickerCalifornia Woodpecker 56 KINGFISHER (Ceryle alcyon) Length, about 13 inches. Not to be confusedwith an_v otlier American bird. Range: Breeds from northwestern Alaskaand central Canada south to the southern bor-der of the United States; winters from BritishColumbia, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,and Xirginia south to the West Indies, Colom-bia, and Guiana. The cry of the kingfisher, which suggests awatchmans rattle in vigorous hands, can bemistaken for the note of no other bird; nor,for that matter, is the bird himself likely to beconfused with any other species. Whether fly-ing, perched on a branch over a stream, ordiving for small fish, our kingfisher is alwayshimself, borrowing none of his peculiaritiesfrom his neighbors. Many of his tropicalbrothers catch insects for a living; but ourbird, early in the history of the developmentof the kingfisher family, discovered that fishwere easier to catch and in the long run morefilling t
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