Bird Feeders : Belted Kingfisher
Spanning up to 14 inches in length, the Belted Kingfisher has a noticeably crested head. Both the male and the female Belted Kingfisher have a blue-gray band across the breast but the female one has another rust-colored band across its belly. The Belted Kingfisher is unique in the sense that its females are much more colorful than the males. Belted Kingfishers are often seen flying near the inland bodies of waters in America and the West Indies. They can also be found in various parts of Ireland, Iceland, and the UK.
Belted Kingfishers feed by diving headfirst in their pursuit of fish. Their diet mainly comprises of small fishes and other sea creatures like tadpoles and salamanders as well as small insects. Their eyes contain red oil that improves their ability to see fish underwater and to hunt for prey.
In making a feeder for the Belted Kingfisher, make sure you are in an area near the water. Even artificial water structures will do. You can make a small fish pond that contains fish not longer than 4 inches. You can also dig nesting burrows in embankments. Make sure there are no roaming cats in the area as these are major predators of kingfishers.
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