|Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata
(aka Ceryle torquata )
Colombian name: Martín-pescador Grande
The Ringed Kingfisher is distributed from southern Texas through Central America and throughout most of South America below about 1,000 metres. It is found beside large water bodies including wide rivers and is also seen at the coast.
The female seen here in photos 2, 3 on the right, 4, 5 and 6, has a broad grey chest band above the rufous belly rather than the all rufous underparts of the male.
|They feed mainly on fish although, when the waters are murky,
they sometimes hunt insects. They have also been observed catching Swallow-tailed Hummingbirds
Eupetomena macroura on a couple of occasions.
When underwater, they use their wings by rowing and using them as rudders.
|Their small feet are too small for swimming and their toes show syndactylism - a fancy word meaning that the 3rd and 4th toes are joined up the middle.|
|There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto.|
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