Belted Kingfisher in Winter

belted kingfisher perched with insect in mouth
Female belted kingfisher. Image by PublicDomainImages from Pixabay

Appearance: The belted kingfisher is a big bird about 13″ long with a large head, long bill, and stocky body.  They have blue/gray throughout with a white ring around neck and white chest. The female is same but with additional chestnut band on chest.

Winter diet: Mostly fish and leftover berries they find on trees & shrubs.

Winter feeder fare: Belted kingfishers will not visit a feeder.

Winter habitat: Many of these birds remain in their year-round range while others of the species will migrate southwest to southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. The northern birds stay near bodies of water that haven’t frozen so they have access to their main food – fish.

Range Map

belted kingfisher range map
Belted kingfisher range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.