The Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon is a vagrant to the UK. [1].

Other namesEdit

  • Synonym: Ceryle alcyon.


Both male and female have slate blue breast band; white belly and undertail coverts. Female has rust belly band and flanks. Juvenile resembles adult but has rust spotting in breast band [2]

Similar speciesEdit


Generally solitary [2].



Is a loud, dry rattle [2].



Common and conspicuous along rivers and brooks, ponds and lakes, and estuaries [2].


  1. Mullarney, Killian; Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström and Peter J. Grant (1999). Birds of Europe. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691050538. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dunn, Jon L. and Alderfer, Jonathan (2006). National Geographic Guide to the Birds of North America. National Geographic Society. ISBN 1426200722. 

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