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Family Alcedinidae

Kingfisher young are naked when they are born.  Their tunnels stretch 3-7 feet and can be reused year after year. 

KINGFISHERS

KINGFISHERS

Kingfishers can vary in size as is seen in the South American kingfishers pictured below.

KINGFISHER

Eastern kingfisher

Male eastern kingfishers possess one belt across their chests while the female possesses two.    Kingfisher can use their long bills against those that threaten them.  Most kingfishers spend the winter south of Virgina but some may stay north all year round.  Males and females use their beaks to make their nests in inaccessible banks.  They can partly close their wings so that they can dart vertically into the water beak first.  Both males and females care for the young.  While they feed primarily on fish, they can also feed on mice, lizards, amphibians, and insects, especially when rivers run dry.

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Eastern kingfisher Eastern kingfisher
Eastern kingfisher Eastern kingfisher
Eastern kingfisher