Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquata

Order

CORACIIFORMES

Family

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Code 4

RIKI

Code 6

CERTOR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 6



Incubation Days:

20



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

5 - 8 feet deep in stream bank., Sometimes far from water.



Nest Material:

Twigs, grasses.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Ringed Kingfisher: Large kingfisher with blue-gray upperparts, rufous underparts, white undertail coverts, blue-gray head with ragged crest, long heavy black bill, and white chin extending into a white collar. The female looks similar except she has a broad gray breast band above the rufous belly rather than the all rufous underparts of the male.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Ringed Kingfisher: Three to six white eggs are laid in a nest made of twigs and grass, built at the end of a bank tunnel dug by the parents, sometimes far from water. Eggs are incubated for 20 days by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Ringed Kingfisher: Eats mostly fish, but also takes amphibians, reptiles, and insects; hunts from a perch or hovers over water, plunge diving to capture prey.

Vocalization

Ringed Kingfisher: Song is a drawling, low-pitched, harsh, and clattering rattle; call is loud "cla-ak."

Similar Species

Ringed Kingfisher: Belted Kingfisher is smaller and lacks rust-brown belly.

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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.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
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