Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquata

Order

CORACIIFORMES

Family

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Code 4

RIKI

Code 6

CERTOR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Ringed Kingfisher is typically found in the Rio Grande River valley, southeastern Texas, throughout Central America, and in South America. The preferred breeding habitat includes heavily wooded areas near large bodies of water, or wherever they may find a perch to catch their food. This species is typically a resident all year long, and is very sedentary. Nests are horizontal tunnels in river or sand banks. This bird perches on trees or poles to hunt for its food, and diets consist of fish, crustaceans, frogs, insects, small mammals, lizards and berries. The conservation rating for the Ringed Kingfisher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Ringed Kingfisher: Largest kingfisher in the Western Hemisphere. Blue-gray upperparts, rufous underparts, white underwing and undertail coverts, blue-gray head with ragged crest, long heavy black bill, white chin extends into a white collar. Gray legs, feet. High direct flight on choppy wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Ringed Kingfisher: Commonly found along the lower Rio Grande valley in south-eastern most Texas in the United States through Central America to Tierra del Fuego in South America. Breeding habitat is areas near large bodies of water, usually in heavily wooded areas, where it finds a perch to hunt from. Mostly a sedentary species, remaining in territories all year long.

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Ringed Kingfisher SONGS AND CALLS

Ringed Kingfisher O1

Most common call is a rattle call.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"cla-ak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Ringed Kingfishers have been observed eating hummingbirds.
  • Eggs are laid on a layer of fish bones and scales.
  • When underwater they use their wings as rudders and for rowing.
  • A group of kingfishers are collectively known as a "concentration" and a "relm" of kingfishers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X