Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ringed Kingfisher

A river runs through the grounds of the Villa Lapas eco-lodge. A tall, wide bridge connects two sides of the hotel accommodations.  Here, on 2 July 2017, perched one of our first birds at the lodge. A Ringed Kingfisher patiently watched for fish. At first the bird was hard to identify—it faced away from us. Only when the bird turned sideways could we see this bird’s massive bill. In the last 40 years, Ringed Kingfishers have expanded their range into Texas. Usually they are found from the Mexican lowlands, through Central America, and south across much of South America.

Unlike Belted Kingfishers, Ringed Kingfishers seldom hover before plunging for their prey. Instead they sit patiently, sometimes for hours. They mostly consume fish. On the other hand, like our Belted, Ringed Kingfishers depend on high, dirt banks in which to excavate their nests. The absence of such landmarks can limit these birds’ occurrence (The Birds of North America).

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