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Belted Kingfisher

(Ceryle alcyon)

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Largish blue-gray bird with ragged headcrest, white belly,white neek-band and throat, bluish bar across chest, and large, heavy bill; female has reddish brown bar across belly; to 33cm (13in). (Martín Pescador Norteño, Martín Pescador).


Low elevation aquatic sites, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; found along seashore, streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, lagoons. This species is a nonbreeding seasonal migrant.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), Costa Rica